Shodekeh is a human beatboxer, hip hop artist, and eclectic collector of musical experiences. Self-taught with no formal music education, he has cultivated the fine art of beatboxing since 1987, and he has been a serious practitioner of the vocal form since 1997. By channeling various concepts of instruments and sounds through the human voice, Shodekeh embodies many of them vocally, including drum kits, didgeridoos, ocean waves, turntables, and sleigh bells. He’s able to interface with a variety of musical genres with his unique rhythms, from blues to classical.
Shodekeh has developed musical interpretations of visual artwork for exhibits at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the American Visionary Arts Museum. He has been inspired by working as a musical accompanist with several dance programs including those at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in Baltimore, Maryland, and at the American Dance Festival at the Durham School for the Arts in North Carolina. Shodekeh is also the founder of Embody, his own festival of the vocal arts.