Shodekeh is a professional beat boxer and vocal percussionist who has been performing and honing his craft since age nine.

By channeling the aural concepts of various instruments and soundscapes, he’s able to vocalize the many dynamic emulations of everything from drum sets, synthesizers, turntables, congas, horns and bass guitars to ocean waves, sleigh bells, crickets and helicopters.  His keen musical ability and adaptability have enabled him to collaborate with artists across many genres (including music, dance, visual art), from different cultural traditions, and in an array of creative settings.

Shodekeh is the founding director of “Embody, A Music Series of the Vocal Arts,” which strives for artistic and cultural unity through the many vocal traditions from the world from opera, throat singing, to beat boxing.

He currently serves as faculty/musical accompanist at Towson University’s Department of Dance and at Duke University’s American Dance Festival.  Over the years Shodekeh has completed a number of musical commissions including “Witness” with VTDance at the Kennedy Center, “Fuse Muse” with percussionists Brian Prechtl and Barry Dove of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and “Transformations: New Directions in Black Art,” performed at 2009 conference of African American Arts presented by the Maryland Institute College of Art and Harvard University.

In addition he has performed at The Conference on World Affairs at The University of Colorado, and has opened for former President Bill Clinton at an official State of Maryland event with the Coppin State University Choir. Over the years, Talifero has moved from Beatboxing’s Hip Hop roots to explore innovative and convergent collaborations with a wide range of traditional artists. He serves as the Beatboxer and vocal percussionist for the globally renown Alash, one of the world’s leading Tuvan Throat Singing ensembles, and features on their recent Smithsonian Folkways album release of Achai; has become a recent collaborator with the exquisite Silkroad Ensemble based at Harvard University and founded by legendary cellist Yo Yo Ma; and is serving as the resident Beatboxer and cultural ambassador of the local Baltimore chapter of Classical Revolution.

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