Liberty City artist balances family, passion and work
caines | 6/27/2013, 5:30 a.m.
[gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="title"] Maha: This unexplainable joy takes over me Maha Adachi Earth, a professional spoken word and music artist from Liberty City, wakes up at 5 a.m. after going to sleep three hours before. [She spent the night writing.] She then makes breakfast for her family her husband, Christopher and two children, Khari, 13, and Brooklyn, 2. After dropping her children off to school, Maha gets to work at 7 a.m. and strives to leave at 4 p.m. After work, she picks up her children and makes a quick stop at the mall to grab her show clothes. At a Spoken Word or open mic event, Maha may perform anything from her Spoken Word pieces, to her Hip-Hop or Soul songs. After the event and networking. Maha would more than likely return home at 2 or 3 a.m. This is a day where Maha has had to balance it all: her family life, her art and her job. And although managing everything is difficult, she believes that it is all worth it. Not only has the artists spoken word and music allowed her to cope and overcome hardships since she was a child, but her poetry has also been nationally recognized. The artist who returned last year to the performing arts scene after a hiatus, she was selected to perform on her poem called Liberty City on BETs 106 & Park in 2003. Maha has also graced stages across the U.S. performing at universities and other venues spreading her inspirational words in a sultry crooner manner. The artist continues to be invited to events outside of Miami, but now as a wife and mother she only commits to one out of town performance per month. She tries to perform locally whenever she is available. The artist describes herself as a blend of sweet and strong. According to her biography, Maha, who sometimes rap has received comparisons to rappers such as: Tupac, Andre 3000 and even Trick Daddy. While her music has been compared to Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. My Hip Hop alter-ego is more of the aggressive side and my singing is more of a sweet side, she said. One of Mahas main messages is that love is free, so give it out and receive it, she said. She added that she did not only mean eros love, but love of all kinds. I have to be about that as an artist because thats what Im about as a woman, Maha said. Love for God, self, family, mankind and eros. Indulging in muddy puddles of love. Maha, who released an album entitled Mahagani in March, is in the recording phase of her second album called Blossom. Some of her goals are to become a songwriter, to collaborate more with local artists, become a part of a cultural community in South Florida and help upcoming music and spoken word artists understand the business. Although Maha admits that balancing it all can be very difficult. There is this unexplainable joy and rush that takes over me, Maha explained about performing. She said she feels connected to her ancestors, who always encouraged her to use her gifts like her grandmother and her father, who died of HIV when she was 15 years old. She compared her love for performing and writing as an addiction, saying it is more powerful than money. She also enjoys connecting with other souls when she performs, she said. She sometimes receive calls or e-mails from people who say they were touched by her music or poetry. Being able to leave a drop of hope everywhere I go is amazing, she said. Maha expressed gratitude to her family and friends for assisting her in balancing everything. My husbands cooperation is impeccable, she said. If it were not for him being understanding and binding his schedule every which way, I dont know how it would be possible. She explained that both her husband and her sons father are there for their children. Sometimes I cannot imagine how Im going to get from Sunday to Saturday, but it always seems to happen. We come together, and we work it out, she said. I kind of lean on the beautiful, wonderful people around me to help keep this machine going. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com