Charles was born in New Mexico and graduated from the Albuquerque Academy. He received his B.S. in Psychology from T.C.U. and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona Ca. Following post graduate training he practiced in a variety of settings including as the only doctor in a small town, as a full time
Anthony ‘Ijah’ Umi grew up in southern New Mexico singing in gospel and soul groups as a child and throughout college. Ijah was a pianist for the ENMU jazz ensemble, attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, played with AZA (reggae) for several years before starting his own band Iyah in 2006. Ijah composes his own music, including vocals, keyboards and percussion. He is retired from State government and has a Master’s degree in Social Work.
Ijah founded and is currently co-host of the Iyah Music show (reggae) on KUNM at the University of New Mexico. He started Soul Notes (an eclectic mix of soulful music, including R&B, Gospel, Jazz, Hip-Hop, World Beat and more) at KSFR in 1999.