Chukwudi Hodge was born in Oakland CA, into the rich bay area culture of West African music. After beginning playing djembe at age two he toured with the West African Children’s Dance Theater, and trained with greats such as Mosheh Milon, Riche Faye, and Mamady Keita. While continuing to have a heavy commitment to traditional music, Chukwudi added drumset to his repertoire at age ten.
Chukwudi honed his skill through the years, and landed his first band membership in 2006 with the GetBack at eighteen. He was accepted to the Berklee College of Music in the Fall of 2008, and attended full time for two years while still remaining very active with the GetBack. He is the current drummer for lyricist George Watsky, and has played and learned with musicians such as John Blackwell, Youssou N’dour, Terri Lynn Carrington, and many more amazing drummers, musicians, and artists. Chukwudi was the director of music curriculum at Nea Community Learning Center from 2010-2013, when he moved to Los Angeles to tour full time.