Chinelo ‘Chi’ Amen-Ra is a percussionist focusing on rhythms of the African Diaspora. He was born into the Ngoma Za Amen-Ra Dance Theatre of Detroit, which sparked a life interest in various drums. Chi began performing as a child and he assumed his first lead drummer roles in professional performances as a teenager. Through continuous study of this art form, he has been granted extensive performance opportunities, including Super Bowl XL, and with renowned artists from both America (opened for Talib Kweli) and Africa (Sulley Imoro). Chi holds a B.A. in African Studies (UM, Ann Arbor).