Written and published by Angenette Navedo
You ever been to those open mics up in the bronx? Those real soulful open mics, few people done brought their drums, everyone brought their pain, and everyone came to share their love kind of open mics? Well Sweet Water Dance & Yoga studio in the Bronx is where a few years ago i got to be in a room of such love and light, the words that filled that room man, what a beauty and within all that beauty was such a soul, i just had to approach her and that's where the lovely Rosangelica comes into place.
Who is rose angel?
roseangel is the shortened, English translation of my real name Rosangelica. Most people, even those who have known me for years mispell my real name and write Roseangelica. It drives me crazy. For everyone's sake, I shortened it to roseangel. Not sure if I will stick with this name forever, but it's working for right now.
From yoga to open mics you’ve brought everyone together what have you been up to lately?
I've been spending more time at work, and school, but also with my family. Between managing front of house at the studio, and taking 6 classes, the remainder of my time is set aside for getting in some laughs with my dad who turned 90 in April, and my mom who works super hard to hold it down for everyone.
Tell me about your Bronx love story album?
My debut EP: A Bronx Love Story can be found on all streaming platforms: Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Soundcloud and Bandcamp. #ABronxLoveStory is a concept I've always played around with on Twitter for years now. Happy to see it finally manifested into a project.
At the beginning of this year, I kept telling myself that I would release a project on my birthday. Wasn't sure how it was going to happen, but I kept putting those intentions out into the world. As time got nearer, things started clicking, and it happened, mostly thanks to my engineer and fav DJ EliEfi @ CufaBX studios.
This EP is a 6-song sample of all the different genres I love. It is a display of my diverse musical ability, my interests, and singing as well as lyricism. The Bronx molded me and I'm continuously falling more in love with my surroundings here as well as the magical moments I haven't even begun to discuss yet. It's the only borough on the mainland and our connection to the mothership is strong here. Wouldn't have chosen to grow up anywhere else.
What molded you into the beautiful Taino goddess spreading love and light all across have you always been this positive?
I don't know that I am 100% positive, especially since a lot of my viewpoints on the status of our planet and human race are sometimes labeled as pessimistic. A lot of our livelihood is unsustainable and many markets are getting ready to crash; bubbles going to pop. People in authority are ridiculous, some are stepping down from positions. It's all a big mess.
However, on my free time, whenever I'm on the train, in class, or out in the world, I exude a loving and positive energy. This comes from source, God, Olodumare, whatever we believe in. I accredit my energy to spirit and am continuously blessed by it. My elders, ancestors, and Taino spirits walk with me or live through me and I am comfortable in knowing that my identity is not limited in being a U.S. citizen.
You’ve got soul and wisdom how will you Continue to try and spread that far and wide?
Music is the fastest way to spread a message. Regardless of whether I decide to play industry politics or not, my music will spread to those who need to hear it. I'm eternally grateful for everyone who has been listening to A Bronx Love Story. Many of my friends including people from other states and countries have contacted me thanking me for the healing and peace of mind it has brought them.
Are you teaching any classes right now?
I'm currently not teaching any classes but will be teaching after I graduate in the Spring.
How do you feel you are bettering your community?
I am bettering my community by working at Sweet Water Dance and Yoga. This place is hands down one of the most healing and relaxing places in The Bronx, and in all of New York City. We have clients who come all the way from Brooklyn just to get away and this says a lot. There are many people in The Bronx who come in everyday and are so surprised at how nice it is. So much propaganda and rumors have gone into The Bronx, some stemming from historical truths, and others stemming from bullshit. We are changing the idea that health and wellness belongs to the rich and slim. It belongs to everyone. Yoga, dance, movement, love and life is ours if we so desire. I'm a huge advocate for health, be it physical or mental and I live in this truth everyday.
Any advice to those who need healing?
It starts with you. What are you feeding yourself? This question is not limited to food, but to the drama you entertain, either from people or from television. How invested are you into getting at least 2 liters of water a day? Are you reading at least once a week? Do you research? Do you look in the mirror and feel upset? How can you begin to change this? Keep a journal and write your dreams down. Make plans. Envision yourself in 6 months. What do you need to get done and what can you get done right now. Stop telling people what to do. Mind your business. Love life. Dance a little more. Remember to take a shit and if you're not then you need to figure out why. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe and learn to focus on your breathing. Sometimes we are caught up in stress and we can get away with not breathing as much as we need to. Don't be that person. Don't be a dead person walking.
What more should we be expecting from rose ?
Expect more music. Visuals. More live shows. It's all happening. We just gotta wait and see.