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Upon further inquiry, though, it appears accuracy isn't the only thing in dispute here. The band's percussionist/spokesman, Kenyha Shabazz, recently left the group to pursue, full-time, his work with the more Cuban-oriented Gemini. And although Shabazz did appear on-stage at the Press awards ceremony with the rest of D.R.U.M., evidently the split wasn't completely amicable.

"I quit to start another band, and I took the music with me," says Shabazz. "[The problem] was between me and the lead singer [Alafia Gaidi]. Other people are making it their problem."

Primary among those "other people" is D.R.U.M.'s new management, which claims that Shabazz has been spreading lies about the band since his departure, an accusation Shabazz vehemently denies: "I'm at peace, man."

As for the alleged discrepancies in our profile, the only one that proved inaccurate was the claim that D.R.U.M. had performed at the African Street Festival in New York. Apparently, Shabazz was there, but the rest of the group wasn't.

-- Hobart Rowland

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