THE DRUM DOCTOR
"The Doctor Is In"
I have a purpose that needs to be fulfilled. I am destined to walk in my purpose as spiritual leader and benevolent King. When I was a young child growing up, my mom was always searching for ways to reach and teach my highly energetic spirit especially after we went from being a whole family unit to becoming a single-mother, fatherless family form. It was a drastic change that I am sure my mother never wanted for us. She decided we needed to set new goals, face new challenges and prepare for new horizons.
Not long after life’s journey began, we as a family discovered drumming, we discovered a time for healing . During my youthful years, I struggled to be the best possible me no matter how good I was, I knew that I could become better. During my adolescent times, the call of the wild turned me away from my passion for music and African Culture. My life was on a self-destructive path, my mental and physical health were damaged. As a young man, I fed my mind Knowledge, my body Strength; my spirit Faith and survived that rites of passage through my family's prayers. Over the years, I’ve learned that thoughts, feelings, beliefs and emotions are in an enduring dance with each other; and the art of drumming brings out the best in my mind, body and spirit. Where there is healing, there is hope.
Today, I pledge to believe in myself and my culture. I pledge to build on the work of yesterday which will lead me into the rewards of tomorrow; and to listen to the beat of the drums which leads me onward in search of fulfilling my dreams. Drumming soothed my mind and healed my spirit! I want to work with you to be able to do this same work.
Kenneth Brown II was born in Champaign, Illinois and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He comes from a very culturally enriched household. Raised around Yoruba tradition, He was taught to drum during traditional rituals as well as give back to his lineage and culture. During Kenneth's childhood, he was trained by Ko Thi Dance Company under the leadership of Ferne Caulker. Also having opportunities to work with Manolapo Dance Troup led by Steve Willis and Ajula Dance Troup led by Lucky Diop. Kenneth was able to train, perform and travel abroad with Nefertari African Dance Company under the leadership of Sarah Lee Grant. He was also one of the selected artist to perform in the opening preimer of the disney classic; "The Lion King".
Participating in lots of community engagement activities as a child mixed with lots of situations over the years is what has developed Kenneth's adult career as a community organizer. After working with multiple non-profits around the state of Wisconsin and being the leader he was born to naturally be; Kenneth decided to partner with some other young artist and form a non-profit organization. Kenneth is the first Executive Director of Ina Onilu Drum and Dance Ensemble.
Kenneth has recently created a partnership with Da African Village and Africa Love Store based out of Las Vegas to teach drum classes as well as build repair and maintain djembe and all other african instruments! Need a drum fixed Click the button below! Want to learn how to play drums...Click the link below! Special Thanks to Africa Love Store for the great partnership and opportunity