The Houston Peace Festival


Peace Festival Bands

A festival wouldn’t be a festival without music! This year’s lineup is ready to boogy-down…

2012 Houston Peace Festival Band Line-Up

D.R.U.M. playing at 2012 Houston Peace FestivaD.R.U.M. (Divine Rhythm United Motion)

World Rhythm, African Rhythm and Reggae band, based in Houston, Texas. Perennial winners of Houston Press Music Award for Best World Music,Best Ethnic/Traditional, Best Reggae a total of 14 times! The band has headlined festivals nation wide and has been on the Bob Marley Festival National tour since 1994. D.R.U.M.has toured Asia,Europe and Central America. D.R.U.M. had its roots as an African Percussion Ensemble, founded in 1988 by member Alaafia Ifalade (nee Gaidi) In 1990, the group expanded to include Electric Bass, Guitar, Trap Drums, and Keyboards,defining it in its present configuration/incarnation… find out more at >>


Michele Thibeaux at Houston Peace FestivalMichele Thibeaux

Powerful, passionate, and feminine; these three words encompass the artist known as Michele Thibeaux. Born and raised in Oakland, California, she began singing at a young age in the Oakland Children’s Choir. This desire to sing followed her into high school and at the illustrious Fisk University where she added choreographer to her list of talents and performed in the Black Mass Choir. She further expanded her artistic skills in musicals such as, “St. Louis Woman”, among others.

An accomplished artist, Mrs. Thibeaux featured on Scarface’s “My Homies” compilation as well as Ali Shaheed Muhammed’s “Shaheedullah and Stereotypes”. A sought after collaborator on both local and national hip-hop projects, she has worked with DJ Cipher, Example, Ragtag, K-Otix, Kuumba Freeque, Zin, DJ Melodic, Hisson, Joe B of the Rebel Crew, H.I.S.D, Flow Factory, Lower Life Form, The Foundation ( K, Chris Dave, Wayne Perry, E. Marlon, Liz Vaughn), Zoe, Jneiro, Jah-born, and many more. As a performer, Mrs. Thibeaux has had the pleasure of opening for Randy Weston and Roy Ayers… learn more at >>

The Wheel Workers at Houston Peace FestivalThe Wheel Workers

Since late 2010, The Wheel Workers’ crisp sound and intelligent, whimsical lyrics have earned them growing recognition in Houston’s active indie rock scene. In early 2011, lead singer Steven Higginbotham composed and recorded their critically-acclaimed debut album, Unite. Andrew Dansby of the Houston Chronicle praised it as a “lush and radiant pop album.” Paul Viscontini of The Loop Scoop wrote: “The lyrics are full of ‘everyman’ struggles of day-to-day life and love… Unite is a record that will demand an audience from a hungry Houston music scene.”

Following in the footsteps of socially-conscious artists like The Clash, Fugazi, and Bruce Springsteen, The Wheel Workers are unafraid to proclaim progressive values deep in the heart in one of America’s most conservative states. Jeremy Hart of Space City Rock calls “The MOP” (the opening track of Unite) “pretty freaking great,” picturing The Wheel Workers as “a quirky protest-ragtime band that’d be right at home marching on Wall Street, tubas and clarinets a-blazing, gathering people behind them as they danced their way in to tear down the financial giants.” … learn more at >>

Kuumba Freeque

Kuumba Freeque at Houston Peace FestivalIn a world of clones, drones, and catchy Pop and Rock bands, there emerges a black sheep hell-bent on disturbing the status quo. It’s name: KUUMBA FREEQUE. The lovechild of Funk and Rock, raised by Soul, the band’s name is a combination of the Swahili term “Kuumba,” meaning creativity, and “Freeque,” referring to the relentless pursuit of it. Formed in 2006 under less than common circumstances, this perfectly imperfect band consists of Singer/Songwriter/Production partners tRESACOBON and K’Monte’. The two come from drastically different musical backgrounds, experiences, and approaches. But the spiritual alignment of the duo allows them to see the beauty in their musical differences and infuse this positive tension into their works. Those fortunate enough to witness any of their studio sessions will attest to their playfully combative style of creating music together. The result: authentic, sensual, beautifully ugly songs that inspire us all to embrace our inner KUUMBA FREEQUE… learn more about Kuumba Freeque >>

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