Muthoni Drummer Queen, musician and cultural maverick, set to present at TED2019
Muthoni the Drummer Queen has been selected as a TED Fellow, joins an impressive group of TED 2019 Fellows and Senior Fellows from around the world to deliver a talk on the TED stage this April in Vancouver. Muthoni was selected for her work in developing the cultural landscape in East Africa through her barrier-breaking, genre-bending music, as well as her game-changing music festivals Blankets & Wine and Africa Nouveau.
I am very excited to be selected as a TED fellow, and to join a global community of thought leaders and
doers. After 10 years in music and culture, and based on research and data, it is clear that the creative
sector is a legitimate manufacturing industry in Kenya, and Africa pic.twitter.com/yH0qwpX1qA
— #MuthoniDrummerQueen (@muthoniDQ) January 23, 2019Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 22163
My work is really about freedom, which is a deeply spiritual and political idea.
“My work is really about freedom, which is a deeply spiritual and political idea. By exercising my freedom to think and create for myself without too much concern for industry “norms” or “ideals” I intend to inspire my idols, peers and fans to exercise their freedom to pursue their own ideals and create their own norms. We are all fundamentally powerful, creative beings, and I desire for humanity to experience this,” Muthoni said.
As a TED Fellow, Muthoni Drummer Queen joins a community that includes Perry Chen, the artist who co-founded Kickstarter; Amanda Nguyen, the activist whose organization RISE helped write the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, which passed unanimously through US Congress; and Essam Daod, the psychiatrist who founded Humanity Crew to provide psychological aid to refugees.
Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows program has 472 Fellows from 96 countries, whose talks have been viewed more than 250 million times overall. In its ten-year history, the TED Fellows program has created a powerful, far-reaching network made up of scientists, doctors, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists and beyond.
Applications for the 2020 TED Fellows class will be open later this year. Interested applicants should visit the TED Fellows program website for information and updates about the fellowship: http://www.ted.com/participate/ted-fellows-program/apply-to-be-a-ted-fellow.