Kamau
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ABOUT

Originally from Hartford, CT. Half African-American, half Puerto Rican. Began playing hand drums/percussion instruments in the early 80s. Started out on congas, bongos, and timbales, then moved to various handheld Afro-Carribean instruments such as the shekere, berimbau, tamborim, pandiero, quiro, and quica, as well as various bells from Africa and the Carribean. Started playing West African djembe and accompanying percussion instruments in the early 90s. Very into traditional rhythms, drums, songs, and dances of Cuba and West Africa, specifically Senegal, Guinee, and Mali.

Screen name:
Kamau
Member since:
Sep 17 2010
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
20
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Santana, Pete Escovedo, Maxwell, Damian Marley, Mos Def, Gil-Scott Heron, Jill Scott, Erika Badu, Hugh Masekela, Angelique Kudjo, Youssou N'Dour, traditional Afro-Cuban and West African folklorico music, Salsa, Latin Jazz, Reggae, Brazilian Samba. My musical tastes are very eclectic...don't like to be put in a box!

EQUIPMENT

Congas, bongos, timbales, djembe, shekere, bells, chimes, whistles, bamboo flutes, log drums, talking drums, and other various hand-held percussion instruments.