Urban Foli is a musical theater performance group that expresses traditional African drumming and dance bridged with contemporary sound and movements. Urban Foli uses ethnomusicology to cultivate a mixture of West African and African American percussion and culture.
Under ancient tradition, each ethnic/tribal group or percussionist develops their own sound; Urban Foli encourages its members to combine ancient teachings with the evolution of R&B and hip-hop culture and sound. The goal is not only to preserve traditional music and history, but to continue the legacy of percussion and movement that has been passed down in the Americas. The group’s mission is to expose as many as possible to the fusion of mainstream contemporary music and culture with ancient African beats, movement and sounds.
Urban Foli's upcoming production "When the Moon Cries", is a multimedia musical depicting the evolution of African American male/female relationships in the decades post-slavery.
The Living Well has been the home studio for Urban Foli since our beginning in 2009. Menes Yahudah, founder and director is an enthnomusicologist and urban folist. Mr. Yahudah started teaching a children's drum class at our original studio located on St. Paul street. His classes were small in size resulting in little revenue. After we moved to our N. Charles Street location, the Urban Foli music and performance theater company, drum and dance classes line of business have grown significantly. Mr. Yahudah has emerged as a master djembe drum instructor sought after by national and international performance companies.
Mr. Yahudah's talent and commitment to the preservation and study of African percussion and dance art forms have helped to sustain and grow The Living Well studio. Because of Urban Foli under the direction of Menes Yahudah, The Living Well is recognized and respected as a place for thought leadership regarding the preservation, artistic study and application of musicology from African Diaspora.
In short, Urban Foli plays a key role in our studio's financial stability by paying a portion of the studio's financial cost. Urban Foli kicked started The Living Well in the beginning and continues to play a key leadership and partnership role in our success.