Who We Be

We are a music collective devoted to healing our communities from traumas past.

We have all been musicians since the womb. We first began drumming together under Intuitive African Dance and Drum Culture, an organization dedicated to preserving the art and science of West African Drum and Dance. We have performed at venues all over Houston, learning from many different teachers and musicians. We have seen the power that music has, and how it can change people’s lives for the better.

In 2018, we decided to hone in our skills so that we may be a force of strength and healing for our community, and for people all over the world.

Minkah Readus – Djembe

Minkah was introduced to West African drumming in New Orleans when his mother Tracie Jackson took dance classes while pregnant at Tulane University under Mama Ausettua. Early on he showed great potential as a drummer, and was drumming for different groups in New Orleans, and later in Houston.

Minkah has developed a true passion for his craft. He hopes to travel to Guinea and Mali to study more in depth with the masters. In his spare time, Minkah enjoys boxing, exercising, aiming to develop himself in any way that he can.

Ola Madzimoyo – Conga/Djembe

Ola has been tapping his hands since the womb. Originally from Tallahassee, he has moved back and forth between Houston and Atlanta, where he has been influenced by the sounds of Haitian, Cuban, and Yoruba rhythms. The youngest of the trio, Ola shows tremendous flair on the Djembe and the conga.

Ola seeks to share his gift with the world, showing others the cultural significance and the power that comes with Afrikan drumming.

Tarami Readus – DunDun

Tarami was introduced to this art form alongside his brother Minkah Readus in Mama Ausettua’s Dance class at Tulane University. He has learned to play the djembe, but his specialty is the DunDun drum family.

Tarami has always loved the drums, but it wasn’t until much later that he saw the healing power that the drums had. He saw the need to re-introduce this art form back into African-American culture as a way to provide a means of healing and release for the African-American community.

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