TalkingDRUM are a London-based percussion group who perform many different styles of folkloric music from Africa, Brazil and Cuba:
Exhilarating djembe drumming from Guinea; sweet-sounding kpanlogo and fume fume from Accra; carnival conga from the streets of Havana; raw infectious grooves of maracatu from Recife; and the intense carnival spirit of samba from Rio de Janeiro.
They regularly perform at London venues such as Balabam Seven Sisters, Hootananny Brixton, Styx Tottenham, Paper Dress Vintage Hackney and Brady Arts Centre Brick Lane.
The band members all met while performing with samba troupe 'Rhythms of the City', and have studied world roots music for many years.
The essential aim of TalkingDRUM is to honour and respect the power and authenticity of folkloric music from vibrant traditional cultures, and present it to a Western audience in a relevant and moving way.
World percussion specialist studied in West Africa and Brazil. Performs as freelance percussionist and with band projects. Prominent African music teacher and co-founder of Drum Africa.
Samba expert and director with Paraiso samba school in London. Performing percussionist, singer and rap artist.
In demand singer, percussionist and song writer. Performs with band projects including the successful party band Super Tenants. Teacher and samba workshop leader.
Freelance percussionist performing with orchestras across the UK (RPO, BBC SO, ENB). Teacher and co-founder of Drum Africa.
Violinist, percussionist and DJ. Performs with band projects including Teotima and Rhythms of the City. Freelance techno DJ.
One of London's leading sambistas and cavaquinho players. Performs with Rhythms of the City and choro band Alvorada. Guests regularly with Paraiso and London School of Samba. Lived and studied in Rio de Janeiro.
Freelance percussionist has played for theatre, orchestral and pop acts in the UK and abroad. Studied in London, West Africa and Rio de Janeiro. Percussion educator and youth music leader.