About Baba Kwasi
"I learned first hand about challenges some people face trying to balance business, personal life, identity, and most important, change. My role as a Sr. Executive Support Analyst, then later a Sr. Project Manager for a major corporation, allowed me to interact and hold meetings with many department employees ranging from temps to the executive level.
The life changing lessons I received was when I had to disable computers and network connections for an executive who attempted to commit suicide, then later, a long time fellow co-worker who committed suicide when he was down graded, then released in a lay off. I believe he felt his identity was so attached to what he did, that when change came, he lost his identity and thus, the will to live.
My life changing moment was when I realized that what I do does not define me, I define what I do in life. From that point on I began to share my gift of rhythm and harmony, and a genuine interest not only in what a person was doing in their employed roles, but how are they doing as a person. The experience made me a better project manager and opened a pathway for which I still travel today." --Baba Kwasi
Baba Kwasi is the co-founder of the Ayubu Kamau Kings and Queens African Drum and Dance School, founded in 1996. Our workshops, presentations, cultural enrichment and diversity programs are focused on character building, team building and inspiring enthusiasm, self-confidence, inner joy and love for living life to the fullest.
Providing programs and presentations for:
Public and Private Schools
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Baba was introduced to forms of African, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean customs, traditions and culture that co-insided with his southern roots from Mississippi and Texas.
At age six, Baba was inspired and taught to
play various percussion
instruments by his uncle Shams Suddin Sabur and an old family friend, the world famous percussionist Idris
Muhammad. This was special during the Black American, African,
Afro-Cuban and Afro Caribbean (African Diaspora) arts movement was
intertwined with the human rights movements of the 1960's.
Over the past 25 years as a percussionist, lecturer, teacher and storyteller, Baba Kwasi served as a folklorist with the Northeast Texas Library System “NETLS” and with Bigthought's Thriving Minds (formally Young Audiences). Baba also served as a board member and folklorist for the Dallas - Ft. Worth International Community Alliance and the Dallas-Ft. Worth International African Leadership Council.
Baba Kwasi has appeared on various TV and cable programs and a frequent guest on the Houston based Pan African Journal, a Pacifica Network radio broadcast hosted by Akua Holt. Baba also conducts public speaking, life coaching, cultural enrichment programs and interactive team building presentations for corporations, churches, organizations and schools throughout the United States.
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