Jabari Exum

Inaugural NEH Africana Studies Hip Hop Theatre Artist, MC and Musician In-Residence
Tribal Dance & Movement Coach for Black Panther (Marvel Studios); Hip Hop Artist, Actor, Percussionist, Dancer

In-Residence April 11- 13

Moderated Public Discussion - Thursday, April 12, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Journey, Process and Outcomes: Hip Hop Theatre at 20
Roemmele Global Commons, Williams Hall

Percussionist, hip-hop vocalist (MC), poet, playwright/actor/director, music producer, teacher, educational / creative workshop facilitator, Music Entrepreneur   

Jabari Exum, is an electrifying performing artist born and raised in Washington, DC. He is a skilled percussionist in the West African / Latin Tradition and is a prolific writer and performer of Hip-Hop music (which he considers his 1st two instruments). Since 1997 Jabari has also been a pioneering artist in a movement called, “Hip-Hop Theater”.   Needless to say, Jabari's approach to everything that he touches is unique & unconventional since he is able to pull from so many different sources. He has been acting, drumming, and rapping since he was 2yrs and has been blessed with the opportunities to receive guidance from some of the greats across many fields of creative study. A few of his mentors have been: Debbie Allen Chadwick Boseman, Reggie & Roy Wooten, Mamady Keita, Grady Tate, Djimo Kouyate, KRS-One, Sonya Sanchez, Glen Turner, Chucky Thompson, Bill Summers Leon Mobley, Rickie Byars Beckwith, Robert Nothern, Mamadi Nyasuma, Baba Barnett, and Marc ary. 

Most Recently Mr. Exum choreographed Dance & Drumming for the movie Black Panther, and Co-Starred in two music videos with the critically acclaimed rapper, Common.   He is a percussion teacher, writing coach, and a full time musician and song writer, working with artists such as Chadwick Boseman, Son Little,  Raheem DeVaughn , Dead Prez, Poor Righteous Teachers, Dr. Cornel West & The Cornel West Theory, Larry Mitchell, Tarus Mateen, Mark Cary, Maimouna Youssef, Asheru, HHP of South Africa, Federico Pena, Weedie Braimah, Michael Bowie, Ayanna Gregory and many more. He is proud product of both the Howard University music program and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 to Friday, April 13, 2018