Fulani is a nurse, chef, actress, musician, bandleader and griot. She is received lessons in acting from Vernon Blackman and drumbeat theory with Babatunde Olatunji at the historic Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts in Roxbury. Fulani’s journey as a jazz vocalist and storyteller has spanned over four decades. She has shared the stage with recording artists such as Frank Wilkins, Akili J. Haynes, Hakim Law and Mike Shea. The Fulani Haynes Jazz Collaborative performs regularly in the Boston area. She has a long association with the Haley House Bakery Café.
Fulani Haynes is also founder of Fulani’s Kitchen, a catering and nutritional education program for seniors and children. She is the founder/director of The Village for Education and Training, designed to engage African American youth of Roxbury and Dorchester to be self-sufficient in organic gardening, nutrition and cooking. Fulani has received the Community Hero Award from the City of Boston and Fox 25 News.