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SDJ Malik

Jabril Malik is a professional snare drummer. He came to Japan in 2014 as a performer and now does drumming full time making videos and doing social media, as well as teaching people how to play the drums. Coming to Japan opened his mind to different ideas of how people live their lives and communicate, “It really brought me outside of a box, I see the world completely different, your whole attitude changes.” Jabril has developed a sense of confidence in Japan and freely expresses himself, “It really helped clear my mind, I could be doing a 9-5 and I wouldn’t be chasing what I want to do, chasing my dreams.” Jabril is able to communicate with his community in Japan  more and be recognized within the community, even learning more Japanese. Through Jabrils drumming videos he has been able to show another side of the black community and escape the box the world forces Black People to be in. In Jabrils eyes, Black communities around the world are stuck in a box, “We’re brainwashed into thinking this is it and that you’re not going to be anything. You’re fighting against the system, but there's a way to get around that. Our community especially should try to explore and travel somewhere, I think you’ll like it. Trust me I think it will change your life perspective on everything” Building yourself up is hard, but you have to keep doing it in order to make progress, “Be consistent.” 

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