Jabari Exum, percussionist, hip-hop artist, producer, poet, actor, and entrepreneur, is an electrifying artist born and raised in Washington, DC. He is a skilled percussionist in the West African, Latin, funk, and Jazz Traditions and is a prolific writer and performer of uplifting Hip-Hop music. Since 1997, Jabari has also become a pioneering artist in a movement called, “Hip-Hop Theater.” He has been acting, drumming, and rapping since the age of 2 and has been blessed with opportunities to receive tutelage from many artist such as Debbie Allen, Bill Summers, Grady Tate, Barnett Williams, Mamadi Nyasuma Keita, Djimo Kouyate, Cora Coleman, and Chucky Thompson. Currently, Jabari can be seen performing with Sahel (World Music group), Hueman Prophets (Hip-Hop Theater Duo) and Farafina Kan (West African Percussion Orchestra).
He is a percussion teacher, writing coach, a full time musician and song writer, working with artist such as Chadwick Boseman, Raheem DeVaughn, Nova Nelson, Dr. Cornel West & The Cornel West Theory, Larry Mitchell, Tarus Mateen, Mark Cary, Maimouna Youssef, Carolyn Malachi, Dawn Avery, Federico Pena, Weedie Braimah, Michael Bowie, Ayanna Gregory, and Navasha Daya. In 2008, Jabari founded the Underground Mobile Store, ‘Congo Square’, to increase the accessibility of positive, independent artist from all corners of the world. He is proud product of both the Howard University music program and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.