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.

The TED Fellows program, which turns ten this year, supports extraordinary individuals who work on world-changing projects providing them with access to a global TED community.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:


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