This page now mentions all the players I have photos of on this website - you are all stars :-)
Here are pictures of some of the master drummers I've met. Others I've studied with who are not pictured include the wonderful Fats Ramoba Mogoboya and his singer wife Nomsa (from Ladysmith Black Mambazo), Vieux Bakayoko, Baba Kone, Famoudou Konate's nephew Nansady Keita, Seckou Keita, Landing Mane, Moctar "Mocolo" Sawane, Yaw Asumadu, the last five of whom I studied with at African Beats Camp.
Mamady Keita, undisputed djembe master of Earth, came over to England to teach us in May 2008. Check my report now with pictures...
The Master Drummers of Africa, photographed (hand-held at 1/8 second!) by Craig Morrison at London's South Bank Centre in 1996. From left to right are three of my teachers: (seated) Mamadi Kamara, ?, Nana Tsiboe, David Oladunni, and ? (standing).
From 7:30pm-10:30pm on Saturday 22nd November 2014, I am honoured to have
been invited to sing backing vocals and play percussion with the great
master drummer and kora player
Sidiki Dembele at a
SPECTACULAR fundraising concert at Arts4Every1 in High Wycombe.
The first rehearsals have been very special and this proves to be a magical
evening including some of Sidiki's wonderful songs and his unbelievable djembe
playing, supported by
Africa Junction and
[Pics coming soon...]
While in Senegal we were lucky enough to study with Jean-Marie Keita, Malo Sonko and Appai - a great dancer and dun dun player.
Famoudou Konate, Iya Sako, Drumzkool and Senegambian concert at African Drum Village 2007 in Scotland.
Adesose Wallace leading a jubilant crowd at the height of the final ceremony of the Tribe of Doris festival in 1998.
This drumming workshop in Leeds was held as a tribute to the late great Musa Suma, led by Adesose Wallace and other teachers.
After we tracked him down recently, Ade has come to The Strawbale Studio a few times to teach us his wonderful music.
Afrofunk masters Osibisa playing at The Horn in St. Albans.
Craig Morrison, my spiritual brother and fellow Canopus percussionist now based in Sydney, Australia.
Rehearsing and performing drum music of the Ashanti Court at Dartington 2001, under the direction of Johnson Kwadzo Kemeh from the University of Ghana.
Playing samba music in the sunshine with Ensemble Bash at Dartington 2000.
Jazz Quintet at Dartington 2001 in laid-back mode, and then putting our heads together to contemplate our upcoming disc of Mati Caspi and Ray Charles numbers. Clockwise from bottom left is singer Dafna Dori from Jerusalem, bassoonist Jim Pywell and double bassist Sally Clark from Halifax, pianist Rene Schelldorfer from Switzerland, then me.
The Cast and The Minstrels from the production of T.S. Eliot's play "Murder In The Cathedral" staged in Essendon Church, Hertfordshire, on 2000-03-26.
Playing with The Naked Truth, Secret Bass, Vitae Drum Circle, Canopus Percussion Ensemble, Mundo Pequeno and DJ Spock.
Christmas party jam session at Court Cottage, December 2002, photographed by Helen Rainsford.
Music For Friends and Birthday celebrations at The Strawbale Studio near Hertford.
Crooked Sixpence performing live at Hughenden Church House in May 2006 and 2007.
Toque Tambor samba group waking up the streets of Hitchin in April 2005.
The Lani Singers and Mambesak Group at The Strawbale Studio in May 2004.
Grizzly Walking Thunder - Native American Indian flute player at Cuffley Camp in July 2004 and 2005.
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