Oral Traditionalist/Teacher/Musician, Nurudafina Pili Abena has been drumming for 30 years. She studied drumming as a child with Master Babatunde Olatunji as well as with many masters of traditional folklore from African and Eastern origins. She has performed and studied in West Africa (Senegal), Kenya (East Africa), and in Cuba as well as nationally throughout the United States of America.
Nurudafina founded the “universal Vibrations School of Oral Traditions” in 1976. She is considered one of the original women elders and is respected internationally as a woman drummer and teacher.
Nuru is a “Woman on a Mission”, using drumming to unite people from diverse backgrounds and to dispel the ignorance surrounding African music and diaspora Cultural folklore.