TERA Gallery - Africa and the World

"Altering The Way You View The World Of Art"
I love a beautiful work of art, and words spoken, acted, or
written to be enjoyed, shared, and then, remembered and
repeated.  I love to dance. I love to sing. I love music. I love
art.

Gallery Music

Mamadi Kamess Nyasuma  - (Sunrise 1954 – Sunset
2007)

Mamadi is the father of Nilajah Nyasuma, TERA Gallery's
Cultural Advisor.

Mamadi studied and acquired vast knowledge of Afrikan
cultural tradition.  His relentless quest led him to the Kemetic
philosophy that he unapologetically embraced.  As a result,
he founded the Kemetic Life Center and the Temple of Ma’at
in Washington, D.C. Mamadi also founded Teaching
Righteous Understanding Through Heritage
(T.R.U.T.H.), which specialized in recovering, preserving and
presenting information about Afrikan-American and Afrikan
people in the Diaspora.  Born out of T.R.U.T.H. was 2000
Black.  2000 Black is first and foremost a plan that focuses
on the movement of Afrikan people toward completion
freedom.  In addition, it is an independent cooperative
economic musical project which has produced 2 compilation
CD’s.  

Under the tutelage of Master Drummer Baba Ngoma, Mamadi
developed his skills as a percussionist.  He formed the New
World Percussion Ensemble and was a member of
Collaboration.  Mamadi also enjoyed an illustrious career as a
percussionist opening for Roy Ayers, Norm Conyers, Third
World, Pharaoh Sanders, and Erykah Badu.  He also played
with Earth Wind & Fire, Fertal Ground, Debbie Kirkland,
Maysa, LTD, Lonnie Liston Smith, Arrested Development, Sun
Ra and Stevie Wonder.  

As I sat with hundreds of others to remember Mamadi’s life, I
soon understood that we were there to celebrate the life of a
King. After hours of personal testimonies from those who
knew him, and many instrumental and vocal offerings of
praise, the eulogy was abandoned, Mamadi’s body was
carried away, and we departed feeling better to have known
him and looking forward to seeing him again in the next life.

Mamadi understood that in the Afrikan tradition, the
drummer is responsible for signaling the community and
imparting information.  And, in all his endeavors, Mamadi
was an endless drummer.  Whenever anyone encountered
him, they were blessed with knowledge, information, culture,
and love.

The TERA Gallery celebrates the great life of Mamadi
Nyasuma, the power of his music, and his passion of Afrikan
history and culture.  Share with us the sounds of 2000
BLACK. To learn more about 2000 BLACK, please visit:


Gallery Original Art

Jason Patterson & CaRes Patterson

Jason Patterson and CaRes Patterson are my sister’s
blessings. They are brave, intelligent, sincere, respectful,
and kind.  I am very proud of these young men.

The TERA Gallery has been an environment that Jason and
CaRes have grown to appreciate, and they share with me its
purpose. Their greatest contribution to the Gallery is the
map of Africa they created that is the watermark used in this
web presentation.

Jason who was 8 and CaRes who was 5 created this artwork
when they visited me for a few days along with my loving
mother and my dear 83-year-old great aunt. I shared with
“the boys” my dream of having a map of the continent of
Africa in TERA Gallery to show the countries, societies, and
origin of each piece of artwork in the Gallery.  When I
returned to the Gallery that evening, I found these two young
men with big smiles on their faces.  Jason was standing on
an Ashante stool drawing and CaRes was holding a
reference book  telling Jason what he needed to do to
complete their drawing.    

During their visit, Jason spent an entire day with me in my
office.  He impressed the staff with his intelligence, then
worked on the computer preparing filing labels. During lunch
we visited the White House, and later he purchased CaRes a
pair of sunglasses. The next day, CaRes worked with me and
warmed the hearts of my colleagues with his beautiful smile
and politeness. At the end of the day, a colleague gave to him
$5.00 for being such "a nice  young man." He returned home
and wrote his minister a post-card:  “Dear Reverend, I am
fine. How is God?”

This was a time that I will never forget.  I rejoiced at having
four generations of family in my home sharing old and new
stories, and most important, making our own stories.  I will
always remember our conversation with the boys about
“Sunday clothes.” Like I remember those who taught me
much of what I cherish today, I do love my nephews and  
pray  that they will remember me.   



Masha  (Interior Gallery Painting - Da'He)
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To each person who communicated to me their appreciation for the intrinsic
value of this art and their understanding of how it represents the genius of
its people I am indebted.

I established my collection with great integrity.  I have enjoyed sharing my
passion with others who, as I do, recognize in each piece of art the inherent
strength, humanity and dignity of the African people.  I made many
meaningful relationships with African traders, art dealers, art collectors,
and museum and bookstore staff around the world.  I am grateful to those
whose hard work and personal sacrifice, in-depth knowledge and expertise,
or simple acts of kindness allowed me the opportunity to assemble these
incredible works of art.  

While there are many people who I would love to thank, I am unable list
them all here.  With tremendous humility and much gratitude, I thank them
all.