Founder, Banana Skirt Productions
Akinah Rahmaan is the founder and owner of Banana Skirt Productions, a New York based lifestyle fitness brand that specializes in choreographed dance workouts. Equipped with nearly 15 years of experience as a music and marketing executive,
Rahmaan is responsible for handling all aspects of operations at Banana Skirt, including the curation of music playlists. Her dedication, passion and love for music and movement has attracted clients like Mashable, Spotify, Teen Vogue, In Style
and BuzzFeed. Banana Skirt, which is dubbed after the trailblazer Josephine Baker, is a natural extension of Akinah’s deep and wide-ranging music expertise. A graduate of Morgan State University, Akinah began her music career at Violator
Management, one of the industry’s most renowned multi-media production companies. Under the tutelage of media mavens Chris Lighty and Mona Scott- Young, Akinah steered the careers of multi-platinum artists including Busta
Rhymes, Missy Elliott, LL Cool J and Q-Tip. She later joined Translation Advertising and Consultation as the Director of Music Strategy where she managed the development and creation of integrated marketing campaigns for power brands like
Verizon, Bath & Body Works, General Motors and Procter & Gamble. Most recently, Akinah worked for Island Def Jam Music Group where she rose to Vice President of Marketing. She was charged to build the strategy behind successful marketing campaigns for a roster of artists, which included Ne-Yo, Frank Ocean, Big Sean, Pusha T, Jhene Aiko, Fabolous, and Luke James. The Maryland native was also responsible for the design of marketing and advertising plans, artist development, image direction and branding. During this time she also co-founded MusicSoopz Inc., a music supervision company where she served as music supervisor on films like The Gospel (2005), and Stomp The Yard (2007).
To be better than I was yesterday.
Energy begets energy.
Time Blocking. I’m just getting into it!
When you have children, so many deeds on a daily basis.;)
My Pic of the Day: My pic of the day is of a young Fulani girl. I recently found that my roots trace back to the Fulani people of Nigeria. I am absolutely thrilled to have found a large piece of my puzzle. It was very emotional for me. I am Fulani, I am Nigerian!
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
The depth of it, I have been living in the NYC area for almost 20 years and I am still discovering it. That’s so motivating for me.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
My favorite breakfast meal is seafood omelet with an English muffin from a place called Eggety Eight.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Sleeping! I’m not a morning person. I generally awake at 7am.
10:00 AM – Working from a café.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Pretty much anything at By Chloe.
7:00 PM – Probably at the studio or spending time with my son.
11:00 PM – Getting ready for bed, unless I’ve had a late coffee. In that case, I’m up reading, scrolling social media or watching television.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
A green juice for sure. I do enjoy coffee or a chai latte daily – however, I am trying to cut back on coffee.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Most used app is definitely IG. Favorite account is Will Smith at the moment (I mean isn’t he everyone’s fave right now!)
What should everyone try at least once?
A late night dip in the ocean and of course a Banana Skirt Dance Class (shameless plug)
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Any foreign city or country. It’s so thrilling!