Kahlil has been performing since 1980. Beginning as a child performer in the Kuumba Youth Theatre of Indianapolis he acted , danced and sang in several performances. He was formally introduced to drumming by the late Prince Julius Adeyini and Master Yuddidiyuh Demar. Kahlil continued acting as a theatre student in the magnet programs of Indianapolis Public Schools and other local productions.
A native of Chicago, Komoyaka has been engaged in the art of drumming since the 1970s with such notables groups as the Unusual Enchanteds, Sun Drummers, Drums of West Africa, Aloyo Dance Theatre in Chicago and Joseph Homes Dance Troupe.