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2015 Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award recipient Baba Jubal Harris

Ohio Heritage Fellow to be honored at International Festival

Baba Jubal Harris—African drum-maker, master artist, performer, educator, and 2015 Ohio Heritage Fellow in the category of Material Culture—will be honored this Saturday, November 7, at the Columbus International Festival following the Parade of Nations.

"Baba Jubal Harris is one of Ohio's cultural treasures," said OAC executive director Donna S. Collins. "From preserving heritage through drum-making, to fostering a sense of tradition in future generations, we are honored to recognize Harris for his commitment to Ohio culture."

Born in Cincinnati, Harris is a third-generation pioneer of African drumming and drum-making in the United States. His art form originates from the royal craftsmen of the Bambara and Manding people. He first began learning African rhythms at age 13 from Julius Renford "Flash" Ford, a drummer of Caribbean and African heritage. 

A well-recognized community leader in his home of South Euclid, as well as throughout Ohio, Harris provides valuable outreach to a variety of audiences through his holistic teaching approach and engaging drumming performances. He is also an active Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program

Ohio Heritage Fellowships recognize individuals or groups who have had a significant impact on the people and communities of the state through the advancement and preservation of folk or traditional arts.

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