Voiceover Actors (in order of appearance)
- Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) as the Narrator
- Ta’Kaiya Blaney as Pacha
- Genevieve Goings as Mami
- Danny Pardo as Papa
- Lyrics Born as Whale
- Ashlie Cortes as Hummingbird
- Gerald C. Rivers as Jaguar
- Talib Kweli as Pebble
- Majora Carter as Tree
- Cheech Marin as Mushroom
- Genevieve Goings as Spider
Richard Anthony “Cheech” Marin is an Mexican-American comedian, actor and writer who gained recognition as part of the comedy act Cheech & Chong during the 1970s and early 1980s, and as Don Johnson’s partner, Insp. Joe Dominguez on Nash Bridges. He has also voiced characters in several Disney films, including Oliver and Company, The Lion King, Cars, its sequel and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. He is also now a part of Pacha’s Pajamas and will be voicing over Mushroom.
Marin’s trademark is his character’s thickly Mexican-accented voice. This a part of a comic persona, rather than a natural accent. Cheech Marin is an actor, director, comedian, author, and Chicano art collector. He’s also half of a comedy duo called Cheech and Chong, man. His passion for collecting and promoting Chicano Art is on display in the latest episode of Second Act.
Pacha’s Pajamas CD features Grammy, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominated hip hop artist and actor, Mos Def (also known as Yasiin Bey), who narrates the fictional story of Pacha, a girl who dreams of uniting the planet via a music festival starring a host of singing plants and break dancing animals.
He has lent his voice to Nickelodeon’s Yo Gabba Gabba and appeared in top films and television series, including: The Italian Job, Dexter, The Boondocks and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He released the critically acclaimed album, Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Blackstar, in 1998. They joined forces again in 2012 to tour and release an upcoming album. They have received acclaim for using their artistry, talents and notoriety to raise public awareness about myriad social issues.
“It’s important to impart the message not just to children but to all human beings, that we have a responsibility to our own humanity and to the one who has created all, to treat this creation with care and respect,” said actor and hip hop artist, Mos Def.
Majora Carter is an economic consultant, public radio host, and environmental justice advocate from the South Bronx area of New York City. Carter founded the non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation Sustainable South Bronx before entering the private sector. She is joining Pacha’s Pajamas as the voice behind Tree.
She is also a visionary voice in city planning who views urban renewal through an environmental lens. The South Bronx native draws a direct connection between ecological, economic and social degradation. Hence her motto: “Green the ghetto!”
Talib Kweli, a popular lyricist and hip-hop artist, wrote and performs an original song on Pacha’s Pajamas kid hop album from the perspective of a butterfly, “Butterfly Life”. He also voices the character Pebble.
In 2011, he released Habits of the Heart as Idle Warship with Res. He released the critically acclaimed album, Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Blackstar, in 1998. They joined forces again in 2012 to tour and release an upcoming album. They have received acclaim for using their artistry, talents and notoriety to raise public awareness about myriad social issues.
“The idea that you have to be mindful of the environment, or pay attention to the environment, is something people should grow up with. It’s not something that you should have to convince an adult of,” added hip hop artist, Talib Kweli.“The story of Pacha’s Pajamas is spreading the information early (to kids), so it becomes like a cornerstone or a foundation.”
Tom Shimura knowns as Lyrics Born in the music industry has a very easygoing rapping/singing voice. This Japanese American rapper lived in Tokyo, Japan, Salt Lake City, Utah and Berkeley, California. In Pacha’s Pajamas, he voices Whale.
In The fall of 2008, Lyrics Born become the voice over announcer for Cartoon Network’s new Friday night franchise, ’You Are Here’. The MC currently voices bumpers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Batman: The Secret Saturdays, Ben 10: Alien Force and more.
In 2009, the vocalist was featured as part of exclusive radio ad campaign for the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA.
Genevieve Goings brings a fresh new look and sound to the entertainment industry. She has completed extensive work using her voice on video games while also singing with many hip-hop stars lending her voice as backup. Her entertainment talents can be seen on television in various children’s shows. Her charismatic personality and gorgeous beauty has children and adult men craving for more.
Genevieve can currently be seen and heard on the Disney Channel on a new music video show called “Choo Choo Soul”, a Children’s Hip-Ho/Soul music project of which she is a co-creator. The album is cleverly titled “Diversity Personified”, clearly a play on not only her exotic ethnic mixture, but her ability to effortlessly transcend genres.
Lester Chambers, born April 13, 1940, is an American recording artist, and former member and lead singer of the 1960s soul rock group, The Chamber Brothers. He is the voice behind Grandpa Bear in Pacha’s Pajamas.
Gerald C. Rivers, grew up in Compton, California. Over twenty years , dozens of King speeches fully committed to memory has garnered him recognition from the King family, the King Center, NAACP, SCLC, National Baptist Convention and he has been a part of the National holiday celebrations in Atlanta, DC, LA and Bermuda. This year he was honored to appear live in the Los Angeles King Holiday Parade.
Mr Rivers has dedicated his life’s work to keeping alive the spirit and inspiration of the late great Dr. King through his awe inspiring renditions. Gerald was inspired to create a One Man Show called “What Do You Dream Of?” The show highlights Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech and culminates with “The American Dream” speech a lesser known version which truly speaks to world peace, unity and brotherhood. Gerald intends to take this show all over the world. And now he is part of Pacha’s Pajamas, the voice behind Jaguar.
Danny Pardo, stands at 5’10″ tall with a personality to match. Son of European immigrants; the mixture of his blood comes from Italy, Spain and Yugoslavia. Speaking Spanish, English, Portuguese and Italian fluently, Danny has had the chance to perform in all languages, from films, to TV shows, to Voiceovers in animation, radio and tv, to soap operas, to commercials, to hosting, to live events and presentations.