Mujaahid African Drum Ensemble in America
is a group of some of the premier Master Drummers in Chicago. This ensemble is composed of very dynamic, energetic and exciting griots (African tribal storytellers) that seek to convey the spirit and tradition of our African Heritage through our Drums of Passion. The Mujaahid is a warrior in the cause of Freedom. We are making the Drum Call for African Unity to free our communities from the attack of violence, crime, poverty and ignorance.
The ensemble was revived and performed on African Liberation Day at the Paul Robeson High School 6835 S. Normal Blvd Chicago, IL 60621. This event was hosted by African Development Plan and The All People Foundation.
The ensemble was founded by Muntheru in 1990 and performed on the streets, in many of the colleges and night clubs throughout Chicago. Performing here in front of Chicago's Wrigley Field
Mark Vaughn is Master Drum Craftsmen & Lead Djembe Drummer, Traditional Dancer for the West Indian Dance Company, one of the coordinators of the African Drum Village exhibited at the African Festival of the Arts and the African Caribbean Festival of Life in Chicago.
Olu Shakoor is a Master Drummer, Chief Griot, founder and conductor of the African Drum Village exhibited at the African Festival of the Arts and the African Caribbean Festival of Life in Chicago. Olu is proficient on Djum-DJum and Djembe Drum in many of the traditional and contemporary styles of African drumming. He has a vast knowledge of the African oral history pasted on from generation to generation by way of tribal storytelling using theatrical song and dance .
Muntheru Shah Rhythm Djembe Drummer, Founder, and Director of Mujaahid African Drum Ensemble.
Musa Mosley Master Drummer and Drum Carver One of the founding members of the Original Sun Drummers. They pioneered the spirit of the African Drum Circle, which became a summer tradition on the lake front at THE POINT in Chicago's Hyde Park Community.
Kelvin Strong Lead Djembe Drummer
Baba Tyehimba Mtu is a Master Drummer, Master Drum Maker and a Master Carver. Being one of the three African Drum Carvers in the U.S., he is also in the first generation of Master Drummers in the U.S., and a Senior African Drummer in Chicago, with several unique styles of Afrikan Drumming (including playing polyrhythms on seven Drums and playing multiple rhythms on one Drum).