Jabari “AuraGin” Exum, percussionist, emcee, poet, actor, director, and entrepreneur, is an electrifying performing artist born and raised in Washington, DC. He is a skilled percussionist in the West African and Latin Tradition and is a tremendous writer and producer in the Hip-Hop Genre. Since 1997 Jabari has also become a pioneering actor in a movement called “Hip-Hop Theater”. Needless to say, Jabari’s approach to everything that he touches is unconventional since he is able to pull from so many different styles of expression. He has been acting, drumming, and rapping since he was five and has been blessed with the opportunities to receive guidance from the some of the greats in each of these artistic styles, from Mamady Keita and Djimo Kouyate, to Sonya Sanchez and Glen Turner.
Jabari Exum is presently a member of the Hip-Hop duo Hueman Prophets and is also a member of Farafina Kan (West African Percussion Orchestra). He is a full time teacher of West African drumming and Creative Writing, and is also a freelance percussionist with a number of renowned artists—Raheem Devaughn, Ayanna Gregory, Fred Yonnet to name a few. Jabari’s most recent project is the creation of a mobile vending system called, Congo Square—designed to increase the accessibility of positive, independent artist from all corners of the world. Jabari is a product of both the Howard University music program and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Literary Media program. He is currently teaching, performing and promoting his 2 most recent recording projects with Hueman Prophets and Farafina Kan entitled, “The Old Souls Mix Album,” and “Nakama,” respectfully.