I first met Craig Morrison at Hatfield Uni in 1990 where we were studying. We got into African drumming and eventually formed The Canopus Percussion Ensemble. In 1996 he emigrated to Australia and now resides in Sydney, carving a niche as a professional conguero and djembe teacher. He has been active in numerous bands including Modernists, Morialto, Grover (mailing list), Jive Kayana, Taline (seen here), Surkuy and an African supergroup of master drummers called Mohata led by the late Lopez Soumah with whom he studied in Guinea for six months. Other exploits include a Drum Cafe event for Australia Day which broke the World Record for the largest percussion ensemble, over 20000 people playing percussion directed from the stage, as 7 fighter jets flew overhead! Speaking of jets, he recently entertained Richard Branson at 30,000 feet en route from South Africa to Australia and has supported the likes of Vanessa Amarossi, Guy Sebastian and played at many star-studded events. His latest project is the fabulous Kids On Congas bringing drumming to the next generation.
Recently he has moved into graphic design, fusing his photographic genius and eye for detail with modern techniques and now also works as a professional designer.
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