Menes Yahudah, an artist and Cultural Arts educator, West African drumming career has span over 35 years. He is a 1994 graduate of Baltimore City College and received the 2006 Maryland Apprenticeship Grant and became an OSI-Baltimore Community Fellow in 2015, for his project "Muze It Festival".
At the tender age of two, Menes began drumming with his father and Baltimore’s Druid Hill “Park Vibe”. He later began his professional career as a drummer for the Sankofa African Dance Theater in Baltimore Maryland. Over the years, he has continued to perform with numerous professional companies and ensembles. In 2006, after devoting 15 years in apprenticeship to Baile McKnight [a Master Drum Craftsman, Drummer, Folklorist, and Educator], Menes received the Maryland Apprenticeship Grant through the Maryland State Arts Council. Menes also spent many years studying under, Master Drummer Mamady Keita (and other village drummers during his numerous visits to the continent of Africa).
Menes has written and directed musical experiences including When the Moon Cries, which explores the evolution of African-American relationships on a multi-media scale. A strong advocate for community work, he facilitates weekly community drum classes, to nurture and stimulate artistic, personal, and professional development.