The Rebellious Beauty: Definition of
the True Gichi Gamba
I recently interviewed longtime LA based actor,
producer and stuntman, Mr. Gichi Alton Ross Gamba. When you hear his name you know it sounds powerful and unique; ' it stays
with you. , When you hear his voice, its smooth, intellectual, and yet intoxicating. It sends you on a journey of wonder.
When you see his face and see the strong features you will know it's real. His presence shows strength, character, and
melanin as his eyes continue to speak volumes without uttering any more words. Beyond all of this, I managed to have a great
conversation with Gichi Gamba about longevity in Hollywood, the entertainment business, his new projects and much more. He
shared some genuine, passionate and enlightening information.
a Milwaukee native, Gichi Gamba grew up in a large religious family and was kept busy in the church and additional activities
in his community, with family performances (he also plays the guitar. Gichi's mother's foresight to keep her youngest child
safe in the changing climate of Milwaukee's neighborhoods when she cultivated an undeniable connection between Gichi and
his creative expression. "As a child, I always loved to perform in church plays" says Gichi,"I loved playing
those strong characters in church productions- like Dr. Martin Luther King and playing Jesus" states Gichi.
As Gichi continued to grow and develop while attending the University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee , he was chosen to be a part of the internationally known Ko -Thi dance company as a "dance trainee"
. The founder, Ferne Caulker- Bronson, and her great team of musicians, performance artist and dancers further assisted Gichi
with his full development as a dancer and performer. In addition to being exposed to new levels of professional training
and travel, Gichi thinks back and says "I developed my creativity in a non-traditional way I did not attend a school
of the arts" he states. Combining his non-traditional experiences from his early years, including the opportunities
provided by his mother and the church, to the tutelage and mentoring while working with Ko- thi curated, Gichi's unsung
talents for his next endeavor as a member of the 90's hip-hip, neo-soul influencer group "Gumbo", with Fulani Faluke
and Deanna Dawn ( an early Lucy Pearl concept). They were under Arrested Development's founder/leader Speech Thomas' Vagabond
productions. "I traveled the world with Gumbo, Arrested Development, and Digable Planets" states Gichi. "The
influences changed my life forever" he went on to say," I felt the Buzz." Gichi would drive across country
to audition for BET's "Rap City" in DC and shortly after in 1994 (during an earthquake) he moved to LA with $200
in his pocket. "I had my analog cell phone and a sky pager and there was no plan B- nothing else I wanted to do"
Since then Gichi has done nothing but perform. After Gumbo, he would
go on to work with Janet Jackson, Beyonce and Shakira in music videos, then go on to appear in commercials for Gatorade, Coorslight
and the Gap . He also had cameos on various television shows, independent films, and classics including "Straight Outta
Compton" and "The Hit".
Gichi oozes consistency, commitment and greatness. He has sustained a place in
Hollywood and worked in various areas of the entertainment business over the last 25 years. The roles have been an endless
road of building blocks, determination and the true meaning of climbing higher and higher to get to your goals and success.
"One thing that I have learned is the value of relationships"
Gichi states. "I sent Joseph Kahn [Rush Hour, Power Rangers] a slow motion of me performing martial arts and he picked
me to be in the "Power Rangers" movie." Social Media is a valuable tool, its powerful" he says. "You
have to find a way to stay on people's minds", Gichi states.
Gichi Alton Ross Gamba has stayed on our minds
and within our view for close to 3 decades. His resume, his body of work, and awesome talent/craft add to his recent lead
role as Raymond in the upcoming "A House Divided" (Urban Movie Chanel- Bob Johnson) out July 18, 2019, and his
mainstream role of Slab on "L.A.'s Finest"- all of which will elevate him to the next level. Gichi is as an actor
that has developed over time and this is his season to be fully recognized. "I cease each moment" states Gichi.
He' s versatile, humble and has an awesome work ethic. "I've just been grateful to be on set and enjoy working with
other actors/actresses that lift me and my abilities. You need good energy around you" Gichi states.
is a creative vessel that never gives up. He maintains the authenticity of the characteristics of his names true meaning.
He is a warrior spirit, he has pride and culture within himself and the industry. "My ultimate role is Shaka Zulu"
Gichi states, as if looking forward to a premonition that truly fits his persona, looks, and versatile acting abilities.
"I like magical, powerful Black characters" he continues,
"Like the Marvel Universe/Wakanda or James Cameron /Avatar franchises". Gichi's ability to merge into his characters
is truly a gift. He is a dancer, a performer, a host, a fitness guru, a father, brother, a producer and a brilliant actor.
He has been faithful to the process and the preservation of his craft. Gichi will continue to reengage, recharge, and redesign
himself and Hollywood with true tradition of bravery and excellence. This journey of creativity and a continuum- of a man
that has taken his time to develop and understands his role of carrying a legacy to future generations, beyond his career,
beyond high level of perseverance, and beyond his performance., He has stamina and staying power as a fitness guru, a son,
a father, a brother, producer and a brilliant actor. It all makes him the truth and the true definition of Gichi Gamba..Look
up the meanings or let him continue to show you and the world what it all means.
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"The Rebellious Beauty" column is written by Baltimore Stylist and Make-up Expert Jeneanne Collins.
Email comments to Collins at JeneanneCollins@hotmail.com. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook at @JenenneCollins and Instagram @rebelliousbeautystyle.