Meet Finalist the KYPE Drum Warriors (Getting to Know the 2022 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

Meet Finalist the KYPE Drum Warriors (Getting to Know the 2022 St. Louis Teen Talent Competition Finalists)

Names: (pictured left to right) Salomon Ahmed, Corrin Ward, and Ismail Botchway

School: Grand Center Arts Academy, Carnahan High School, and Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience

Talent: African Drums

How long have you been performing and what inspired you to start?

We have been performing for over 5 years and grew up around other family members who were entertainers.

How are you preparing for finals? Are you doing anything differently from your usual practices?

We are focusing on our stage presence more.

What will performing on the Fox stage mean to you?

It is a dream for us to be performing on the Fox stage.

Is there someone you look up to and draw influence from for your talent?

Our teachers Baba ED, Baba Thati, and Mama Vivian E. Watt are our greatest influences along with our families.

What has been the highlight of your performance career?

Performing at The Muny Community Cummer event, the Festival of Nations and the African Arts Festival. The energy is always high and we get to reach more people.

What do you hope to learn from your experience?

We hope to learn from all the other talented teens who have the opportunity to participate and hopefully make new friends.

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