CHAE on Fire
Hello there. I'm CHAE Afro-Colombian singer-songwriter, Cultural Activist and Author who writes, performs and speak about the invisibility of Afro-Colombians in the world. You can check the invite for Fb Live upcoming event also more info at https://www.chaeepk.com/ I'd like to hear more about your company. Thanks
3 weeks ago
WHAT AM I FEELING AT THIS TIME? THIS IS MY CORONA VIRUS EXPERIENCE
I don’t know how to express my current feelings. They have been a mix of anxiety, frustration, anger, and fear. I will start by saying that I am battling Coronavirus myself. How did I get it? well, besides being a full-time artist I am also a dedicated and caring healthcare provider. I work as a physical therapist assistant in the community of Harlem in New York City. Since the pandemic started, I was very alert to the different manifestations of this disease in other countries and places throughout TV News and social media. When we finally had to confront this invisible enemy at work I knew we were not ready. However, my co-workers refused my inquiries stating we were much prepared in comparison with other hospitals, yet with time they would give me the reason due to the fact that we had an extraordinary spread of the corona virus rapidly in our site of work. I recognized I was very anxious and almost terrorized. We did not have the proper supplies, precautions and training to take care of our already sick patients. We, the employees in our department did not have the acknowledgement in how to reduce our own stress, anxiety and fears. We were only required to show up on time to do our job. Coming to work became an slavering and intimidating task for me to do everyday. Taking the subway filled with people that could be contaminated along with the majority of homeless and mental sick individuals who contributed to my everyday ride made a very difficult and a disgusting situation to endure. I knew I was alone. My co-workers and I did not have any orientation to confront COVID 19. No meetings, no suggestions, no advise was provided to us before this pandemic started soaring with death in our hospital. I had to find answers on my own, including how to properly use a PPE so I would not get infected. We were asked to use the same mask for 5 days plus and then secure it in a brown bag because there was not more supplies available for us to treat COVID patients, and seeing the boss acting normal like any other day, with no words of empathy made me feel mad. After 3 plus weeks a meeting was held to ask us if we had any concerns or questions.. I thought it was too late to ask. Nothing new was added to the burden of fear and uncertainty I already had and as much protection and safety I performed, I still got infected. Due to the lack of supplies we were supposed not to see the critically ill patients, only the suspicious ones, still I could get infected by any of them or maybe from any of my asymptomatic co-workers who could be carriers. Passing by some isolated COVID-19 patients’ rooms with no respirators, submitted in loneliness and surrounded by the silent death made me feel depressed. One Saturday, at home, I started sneezing like crazy, with itchy eyes and stuffing nose. I thought it was a common cold. However, followed those symptoms I had excruciating headaches that I thought I was having a stroke followed by fever of 100 plus. My body ached all over so my concern was to reduce the fever. I tried everything and any home remedy I could find, teas, soups, OTC drugs, followed by fresh showers including exercise. These trials helped me for some hours but they will come again and I would repeat the same method again and again. The headaches lasted for 3-4 days. The fever will come and goes every other day. I lost the sense of smell and taste. The water tastes bitter to me and I also lost my appetite. On top of this, my anxiety and fear was even more intense by not knowing the results of the test which I already have done since I started with these symptoms. As you could see, it has not been an easy time for for me with the corona virus. I only pray and give thanks to my God that I was fighting and winning this war with my faith in Him. Everyday I pray for my co- workers and friends who are in front of the line of fire such as the nurses, respiratory therapists, and physical therapists by helping our sick people in our community risking their lives with little supplies provided to combat this pandemic. It’s already six days, and I’m still waiting for the results to know if im positive or negative. I don’t’ know why we don have faster test methods specially for the healthcare providers who need to know how are their health state in order to continue providing service to our people in the community. In the meantime, I’m isolated myself at home as much as I can so my daughters and husband don’t get infected. I try to put a “good” face in the mist of these circumstances so they don’t get worry about it, but I’m still filled with uncertainty not knowing the results about being positive or negative in reference to this invisible enemy. Last night, I felt my Lord Jesus answered me, and I know he healed me. This I believe in faith. I know He cannot let me down. He knows what is truly in my hearth and that is to give love through music, arts, motivation. We all are called to make changes, positive changes in our lives for his glory. I will continue searching to find the True in Him. In the meantime, I will continue waiting for those results praying my coworkers and friends are safe every time they have to leave home to serve our people. In these precise moments I know that nothing is going to be the same after the corona virus epidemic passes. For this, we must be ready for what it is yet to come. Thanks my warriors for your time.
UPDATE: GOD WAS MERCIFUL TO ME. Although I got worse with my COVID-19 situation I SURVIVED IT. I RETURNED TO WORK AFTER MONTH AND A HALF AFTER MY BATTLE. NOW I’M CELEBRATING MY BIRTHDAY THIS UPCOMING SATURDAY, FEB 13TH, 8 PM on CHAE on Fire Facebook page Let’s get together to sing and praise God for his mercy. ALL ARE WELCOME
Thanks my warriors
11 months ago
Greetings my warrios/Saludos mis guerreros
Thanks to much for your loyalty and support throughout my musical road to express my art and feeling with this my passion which is music. It has been long time I have not had the chance to get you heads up about my endeavors, however, I promise you I will continue to connect with you as much as I can. At this moment, I've been working on some marketing and at the same time preparing for my next project coming out soon to celebrate women. I very blessed having you in my artistic life and I hope to continue getting your feedback and support in this new season.
May God bless you and don't forget to follow me @CHAEONFIRE on all social media.
My love to you always,
Hello my warriors/Hola mis guerreros. I thank you for your loyalty and support during the time we have not connected. I continue creating and rising during these times of war by making more music with the passion and joy within my heart. This time I invite you to join me at the premiere of "Vengo" live video as a debut of my new upcoming Album called "Color de Mujer" This new album talks about the passion, the love, and struggles of AfroLatinas from my country based on my mother's life which was inspired during the time I was visiting her this past July. "Vengo" is one of those new songs which talks about the land where I'm coming from and that is Colombia, A land where my parents gave me birth, and in which we learned to survive the cruel discrimination, racism, and social inequality living in the jungle of Tutunendo, Choco for a long time while we looked for better options of life in the other jungle of concrete: the city. The album "Color de Mujer' expresses a more sentimental, passional, vibrant and courageous way to say I am a WOMAN, an AfroLatina woman with my own needs and voice in this society, to advocate for those Afro-Colombian women in leadership who lost their lives defending their communities and the government has not made justice for their lives. I wish you Merry Christmas and a blessed, prosperous and Happy New YearRead more
Hello my warriors/Saludos mis guerreros. I don't know if this note will get to you, but I try anyway due to the fact that this platform may not allow me to do so, however, I just want to say hi to all of you and to give you thanks for believing in me and my art. I'm just sharing a present for you and that is my complete Colombianos album now available on Youtube and also in all digital platforms such Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer, Google Play, Amazon, Medianet...
You can search for COLOMBIANOS the album by CHAE or just COLOMBIANOS by CHAE. I have too much to share with you but, for now I decided to give you a token of appreciation for your support to my art by giving my music for you to enjoy and feel. I thank you greatly for allowing me to share my stories, feelings, and art through my music. I hope you find the album well in which I have put al the effort to present a quality good work for the masses to enjoy. This, my first solo album, makes me feel proud of what I am able to do to express the soul and power of my AfroColombians, their struggle, heart and life that represent their voice and their own identity through culture, music and diversity within the diaspora.
Thank you, again.
Peace to all of you
Greetings my warriors: I am taking a moment to say hi to you and to wish you a blessed and beautiful SUMMER! I've been enjoying my time with family and friends and took a "little" rest from music to recap and reassure new horizons musically. I hope to continue bringing the best of me to you through my music, my art, and feelings so we can connect and exchange good vibes in our universe to populate the masses. I will appreciate your constant support to my new EP COLOMBIANOS available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Medianet, Deezer, Apple Music. Follow me on Facebook at CHAE on Fire, Instagram, Twitter, (expired link), Youtube: chaeonfire
Thanks so much!
Peace to all
Saludos mis guerreros: Me tomo un momento para saludarlos y desearles un bonito y bendecido verano. Me tome un tiempo para descansar un poco del trabajo musical y disfrutar con mis amigos y familiares y al mismo tiempo reorganizar nuevos parametros en mi horizonte musical. Espero continuar ofreciendo lo mejor de mi a traves de mi musica, mi arte y mis sentimientos para podernos conectar and intercambiar buena vibra para llegar a las masas. Agradezco su apoyo constante a mi nuevo EP COLOMBIANOS el cual esta disponible en iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Medianet, Deezer, Apple Music. Siganme en Facebook at CHAE on Fire, Instagram, Twitter, (expired link), Youtube: chaeonfire
Paz para todos
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