Tyrone Henry

Henry

“BROTHA T’S” love for music was first inspired by his father, prominent New Orleans drummer Wilmer James Henry (aka Octave Vitani Balogun). In 1992, nicknamed DJ “Diamond T” Tyrone began touring the Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi region with other local DJs such as DJ EZ money, DJ Mannie Fresh, and DJ Wop under the name YA Boy-n-Nem. In the last two decades Brotha T has circled back this roots in drumming and percussion, first being exposed to the Garifuna music of Honduras and for more that a decade studying the music and folklore of Guinea, Senegal, and Mali, West Africa under former Les Ballet National du Senégal the late Director Abdoulaye “Papa” Camara. In between his own projects he continues to collaborate with local companies such as Allahbatu Traditional West African Dance Company, Zulu Connection, Kumbuka African Dance and Drum Collective, directed by Ausettua Amor Amenkum, Laina Kuumba African Dance Company, Nfungolah Sibo, Bill Summers, and CASA Samaba directed by Afro-Brazilian artist Curtis Pierre. Working with the Young Audiences organization and independently with elementary schools such as Craig, Fisher, Johnson, Alice Hearle, Tubman, and Eisenhower; Brotha T has developed a 'holistic' I-6 grade African-derived drumming and percussion curriculum. This curriculum continues to be used as he teaches through Young Audiences and various Orleans Parish schools. It was out of these long standing creative collaborations, services and products that
Nfungotah, INC was conceived.



AFRICAN AND CARIBBEAN DANCE AND DRUMMING IN NEW ORLEANS - THE CARIBBEAN GATEWAY TO THE AMERICAS!!

2014 NEW ORLEANS DANCE FESTIVAL
JUNE 26 - JULY 5, 2014

New Orleans Dance Festival Performance on July 4 at 4:00pm in McWilliams room 300. Donations accepted.

TULANE UNIVERSITY
NEWCOMB DANCE PROGRAM
McWILLIAMS HALL ROOM 300

For More Information
504.314.7742 or 504.812.4553
email btrask@tulane.edu