About Dante'

Dante’ Pope is a soul drummer-vocalist and a native of Chicago, Illinois. He blends his gospel roots with a soulful swing that has been showcased all around the world. Dante' is a newly elected Grammy Board Member of the DC Chapter, one of twelve chapters in the US. His passion for arts in education has connected him with organizations such as, The Musicianship, DC Public Schools, The Mayor's Youth Employment Program and Levine School of Music as a percussion instructor. 

Most recently, Dante’ released his debut soul project, 'After Five Music,' while participating in the Strathmore Artist in Residence  program in the class of 2019. He toured with Kenny Wesley and the Soulful Nerd Band to Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Madagascar, Gabon, and Rwanda through the State Department's, American Music Abroad Program. He served as Music Director for Grammy nominated soul artist Raheem Devaughn and the Crossrhodes, toured the country with Grammy Award-winning artists Dom Flemons, Old Crow Medicine Show and has collaborated with a host of many other artists based in various genres from jazz to afrobeat. Dante' collaborated on 2019 Grammy nominated album called, 'Black Cowboys,' a collaborative project with Grammy Award-winning artist , Dom Flemons and Smithsonian Folkways. His versatility as a percussionist is indicative of his outlook on life. Whether teaching or performing, Dante’s smile and happiness is palpable to all around him. 

Dante' attended the Merit School of Music, located downtown Chicago, where his skills and understanding of percussion were groomed. Master Classes with Yo Yo Ma, Evelyn Glennie and Robin Eubanks were just a few of the highlights he enjoyed while at Merit. At Fisk University, he was a member of the world renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers and  toured the country performing Negro spirituals and educating young people on American history through song. Collaborations with Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson, Sawyer Brown, Anthony Hamilton and a host of acts at the Grand Ole’ Opry, were just a few of the many enriching experiences gained from his time in Nashville.