Who is Yo Mama?

Kaki Hunter performs as Yo Mama inspired by a female voice Kaki heard while in a subtle dream state, urging her to “Call council fo’ me, A’h got sumpin’ tuh say!” Kaki associated her voice as the temperament of a 130 acre waste pile of radioactive dirt, abandoned by a uranium milling company sitting along the banks of the Colorado River since the 1950s.

Kaki explains. “I asked her who she was and she declared, “Ah’m Yo Mama!’”

Give a listen to “Sacred Birth,” one of the original songs from Yo Mama ~ Un-canned!

In Kaki’s words: “Responding to Yo Mama’s request encouraged me to examine the power of the spirit world. For the past ten years I continued to engage with Yo Mama over many sleepless 4:00 AM mornings and quiet walks in the desert, taking notes from her playful lessons reflected from the inhabited world of the unseen. In 2016 I compiled Yo Mama’s message into a one woman performance with musical accompaniment (and a lot of help from talented friends)!”

“I think Yo Mama is a spiritual Heyoka and, honestly, she is a lot of fun! She loves all of life unconditionally. She provides me with a sense of order within chaos, of humor within despair and a powerful view of humanity’s future that goes beyond our normal concepts of reality ~ She is also a snazzy dresser!”

Reviews from Moabites

I saw the awesome one-woman show, ”Yo Mama — Uncanned,” with Kaki Hunter last Friday. Powerful, amazing and funny. Great lyrics! Standing ovations, everybody smiled and lots of hugs.

Thank you Kaki and cast and crew!

—Kira Schneider

Yo Mama ! … the musical, a vital contribution! … a marvelous one person play, written by Kaki Hunter, is circumspect, philosophical, and embracing a blend of “Mick Jagger magic” with the loving message of a hip Mother Teresa, has a voice trying “to do us good,” generously pouring out the best stuff of what it is to be human: empathetic and intelligent … The play contains a sterling truth about who we are and what our relationship to all of life, including our own lives, needs to be. This truth is modeled, demonstrated, acted out by the totally enjoyable character “Yo Mama,” a persona-energy who appears to the play’s author, Kaki, to “tell her a few things.” This play made me laugh and cry with happiness; that one person could blow us away with her talent, channeling another larger character. Such a tour de force, truly pure nourishment for the soul. Yes, Yo Mama, the play, “GOT SOUL!”

—Phil Wagner