JAWWAAD has long been committed to being engaged and socially active, and infuses politics, history, and literature into his music. These things turn his work into an exploration of culture and humanity. JAWWAAD is a trumpeter, composer, producer, educator, and hip hop artist. He is a founding member of the group, Shape of Broad Minds, whose critically acclaimed album, “Craft of the Lost Ark,” brought him international attention. The album featured MF Doom.

JAWWAAD has performed with jazz, free jazz and improvisors, as well as hip hop artists, from around the world.  His appetite for all things music is apparent. As co-founder and producer of the band, The Young Mothers, he merges modern jazz, improvisation, hip hop, indie rock and caterwauling afro-grooves.

Like artists T-Boz, Prodigy, and Miles Davis, JAWWAAD struggles with the challenges of sickle cell disease. He channels this personal challenge and uses it to transform his works into provocative and thought-provoking lyrics, sounds, and music.

JAWWAAD continues to collaborate with MacArthur Fellow Carrie Mae Weems. He performed in and composed pieces for her productions, “Grace Notes: A Reflection for Now” and “The Shape of Things.” He has  also collaborated with several artist Grammy-nominated artists. JAWWAAD’s list of performances is endless, and includes countless national and international festivals such as the Hove Festival, Sonar Festival, Meltdown Festival and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

JAWWAAD is a Red Bull Music Academy alumni, attended Prairie View A & M University, and is committed to his hometown of Houston, Texas. There, he studied and participated in workshops with Pauline Oliveros, and was a member of the Deep Listening Institute and Nameless Sound. He now teaches music to displaced youth and children impacted by mass incarceration and undocumented immigration status.