Jaliya, Inc., founded October 24, 2002, by David Piper, Ed.D., Machiko Kyoya, MHROD and active community members with similar interests, Bob Stroughter, Sr. and Carrie (Bigmamaa) Farley, who support the social and academic development of children, young adults, and adults of Santa Clara County. Jaliya was incorporated November 6, 2002 and headquartered in San Jose, CA. The word “Jaliya” loosely translated means, in Mandinka language, “heredity praise singer.” The organization was formed to provide various ways to help enhance the lives of participants by providing access to knowledge, information and vehicles of artistic expression.
Our mission is to preserve and showcase African/African American cultural values, literary and artistic works portrayed through folk tales, music, dance movement, arts and crafts.
Dr. Piper became the organization’s first Executive Director in July, 2003, Machiko Kyoya its first Assistant Director, Bob Stroughter, Sr. its first Production Manager and Carrie (Bigmamaa) Farley its first secretary/treasurer.
This organization is a nonprofit public benefit corporation, not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes. The specific purpose being: to develop an institution and maintain facilities to teach and disseminate educational material to the public, including but not limited to, material relating to African/African American Heritage, Intercultural Relations, and Ethnic Origins through publications, lectures, performing arts and other art forms.
Since its inception in 2002, Jaliya, under the direction Dr. David Piper and Machiko Kyoya has implemented its mission through workshops, performances, youth programs, touring engagements, lecture demonstrations, community outreach, and creative partnership programs with renowned artists and performing companies, not simply for entertainment or exhibition, but rather, means by which communities educate, communicate, organize, and preserve their ancestral past.
You can count on JALIYA when quality really counts. Remember, exceptional service is our standard.
Amadou Bamba AKA David Piper Founder/Executive Director JALIYA, INC. David Piper, Ed.D. (Amadou Bamba) has to his credit years of experience as a Community Theater Director/Performer, curriculum developer, project/program manager and college instructor with an analytical, intuitive, expressive instructional style. He has a Doctorate in International Multicultural Education, and Masters in Counseling Education. He has studied with Dr. Willie Williams, African American Theater; Dr. Hal Todd, American Theater at San Jose State University; Master drummer, Babatundi Olatunji - Eslen Institute; Molunga Casquelourd - Fua Dia Congo; CK Ladzepo, Ethnomusicologist - University of California, Berkeley, California; Dr. Zak Douf - Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Oakland California; Royal Hartigan, San Jose State University; all of which have contributed highly to his mangement, presentational versatility and performance style.
Mach One AKA Machiko Kyoya Founder/Assistant Director JALIYA, INC
Ms. Kyoya holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources and Organization Development (MHROD) From University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; a BA in Business Management from Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA. and a BA in English Literature from Osaka Int’l College for Women, Osaka, Japan. She is a Human Resource Director for a major export/import company of Silicon Valley California providing IT services and electronics options for their blue chip manufacturing clients. She has been a Certified training generalist, curriculum developer, training evaluator for the past 25 years in various management capacities ranging from service sector to high technology sector.
Robert J. Stroughter Sr., CEO and co-Founder of Parent’s Choice Inc., has served the Santa Clara Valley for twenty-Five years providing information and referral services to low income individuals seeking quality, low cost childcare for their children. He holds a Master degree in Business Administration and has always been an entrepreneur. He was the first African American hired in the nation by Standard Oil to work in their stations. At the age of 22 Mr. Stroughter became the first African American to own a Chevron Station Franchise. He founded Community Transportation Systems Inc., providing needed transportation to San Jose residents who lived north or south of the one east west line operated by San Jose Lines. He was the first African American in the nation to receive the San Jose Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Man of the year in 1969 and has been selected four times to the “Who’s Who among Entrepreneurs”. He has served as Chairman of the San Jose Human Relations Committee and of the San Jose Urban Coalition Transportation Committee. He founded and organized the San Jose Youth Commission and the first in the nation “Black Student Union”. He organized the first parade in East San Jose, “The Ecological and Cultural Parade.” Mr. Stroughter was the first African American board member of the Santa Clara/San Benito County Lung Association and later the first African American to be the President of that two county organization. Mr. Stroughter is Jaliya Inc., first Production Manager and is currently serving on the advisory board of the IHSS for the County of Santa Clara as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Joyner/Payne Youth Services Agency, Inc. and serves on the board of the National Association of Juneteenth Lineage.
Carrie Farley AKA Big Mamma Founder, Secretary
BA in Sociology and African American Studies, Life credential in K-8 Education. Long-term substitute teacher. Evergreen School District. Stage actor, spoken word artist for 30 years plus.