The Melton Mustafa Quintet , featuring acclaimed trumpeter Melton Mustafa Jr. and poetry by award-winning spoken word artist Eccentrich will be presented in honor of Juneteenth as a virtual concert at the historical Ali Cultural Arts Center. The program will premiere for free on the City of Pompano Beach’s Facebook page.
Melton Mustafa Jr. is a two-time, Grammy® Award-nominated educator, and the son of renowned trumpeter Melton S. Mustafa.
Born in Atlanta, Ga. and raised in Miami, the Juneteenth event headliner started playing music in high school under the direction of Frank Neal at Miami Carol City High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Florida A&M University where he served as leader of the saxophone section and head of the Dance Routine committee for the Legendary Marching “100.” While at FAMU, he performed with the FAMU “Strikers” at the Apollo Theatre and traveled the world with the Marching “100.” Mustafa received a Master’s in Education (M.Ed.) from FIU and where he is working on his Doctoral Degree in Leadership.
Currently, Mustafa works as Professional Music Educator at Parkway School of the Arts and is an Adjunct Professor at Florida Memorial University. As a director, he has conducted the “Star Spangled Banner” for the Junior Olympics, directed a show for the Super Bowl entitled “Global Rhythms Local Beat,” served as the Musical Director for the Show “From the Porch” featuring Danny Glover, directed the band and choreographed for Master "P" and Little Romeo’s music video, “Two Way” (which was featured on the BET TV Show Access Granted - the making of the video).
Adding to the celebration will be acclaimed spoken word artist Eccentrich. As a poet, she has graced the stages of over 45 venues from Florida to California. She was ranked the 7th woman poet in the world according to her placement during the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam and was a member of the celebrated spoken word team Dada, who finished 1st in the nation during the 2017 National Poetry Slam. Eccentrich was honored to have her poetry featured on the acclaimed in the poetry platform, Button Poetry, a platform committed to developing a coherent and effective system of production, distribution, promotion and fundraising for performance poetry. She is also the founder of Free on the Inside a prison reform initiative using the arts.