Kenya Ajanaku

Kenya Ajanaku is a nationally known drummer and storyteller whose talents have captivated his audiences for over 26 years. His signature program, “Rhythms and Folklore of Africa,” is a unique combination of storytelling, drumming, and dance.

Kenya started his career as a professionally trained jeweler, but after some travel and reflection discovered his calling as a performing artist. He soon became a percussionist for the world renowned Katherine Dunham Dance Troupe. He sharpened his skills as a dancer with the master West African drummer Mor Thiam in the dance company Cosaan. He also developed his stage presence as drummer and vocalist with the InFra-Red Rockers, a reggae band.

Master storyteller Bobby Norfolk introduced Kenya to the art of professional storytelling. Today, Kenya performs nationally, combining storytelling, drumming and dance in unique, unforgettable performances.

Kenya also devotes his talent and energy to his community – serving as founder and Executive Director of Harambee Institute, a non profit organization that promotes personal and social development through experience in the cultural arts.

Kenya Ajanaku’s Programs

Rhythms and Folklore of Africa