Countdown to 2023: Honoring Kwanzaa

The WIMN team sends all who are celebrating a Kwanzaa filled with pride, community, and joy!

In the spirit of uplifting the season, beginning today, December 26 and ending January 1, enjoy this playlist of music representing the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa and celebrate the artists creating them.

If you’re new to the holiday, Kwanzaa is a time for families and communities to come together to remember the past and to celebrate African American culture.

The 7 Principles that form its foundation are Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). Each tradition around Kwanzaa is rooted in first fruit celebrations present in both historical and modern cultures throughout Africa, and they serve to foster pride, connection, and community around African culture and heritage.

You can learn more about the holiday and deep dive into the significance of the ritual and celebration via the sources for the info above, the National Museum of African American History & Culture + Smithsonian.

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Lucky Lamond is San Francisco-based, San Diego-raised artist, writer, and creative producer Stephanie Lamond. Podcast credits include Chasing the Light from One Minute Academy, the One and Dunn podcast, and Women of NAMM's ReVoicing the Future. She also records original music and contributes to recordings as a songwriter, engineer, and session musician, when she's not uplifting exciting musical humans with the WIMN. Her passion and mission are to elevate authentic human expression, because by telling the stories that make us who we are, we free those who come after us to be all they can be. Learn more about her work at