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The Talking Drum Orchestra Of Africa

The Talking Drum Orchestra Of Africa

Coming from a lineage of drummers,Dabi Debo Ayanlola Kanyinsola, the world most famous talking drummer today,wanted to do something different from his father's while growing up,but was caught in the web of destiny,which redirected his focus.

A true African,rare talent-- La Gazette Montreal.

The multi linguist artiste did not only return to drumming,even, in a foreign land as a way of eking out a living,but he ended up establishing an all drummers orchestra that cuts across Nigeria's ethnic groups and promotes African culture.--Omiko Awa.The Nigerian Guardian.

Drumming is the focal point of Dabi 's life after his graduation from the University Of Montpellier,Montpellier ,France where he studied Fine Arts.He later on studied Linguistics and obtained a Masters degree. Dabi Debo Ayanlola Kanyinsola speaks,reads writes 10 international languages well enough to amaze you.

His fluency in these international languages and his unique rooted drumming styles,gives him an iconic status around the world.-Ediale Kinsley- The National Daily

As the first African drummer to collaborate with a symphonic orchestra "The British Embassy Choir" produced by the renowned BritishTV composer Howard Goodall in 2006.

Dabi is recognised globally for his work as a Grand Master Drummer and one of the most sought after African percussionists. He has facilitated workshops on Yoruba traditional dance and drumming styles to audiences in the US,Europe and Asia for the past 10 years.-- Damilare Gabriel-Peoples Culture Magazine

On a good day,a talking drum in the hand of a good drummer is a great thing to listen to.But imagine when the drummer is compared by some 18 other people equally flaunting Iya Ilu, Gangan, or any other member of the talking drum family.It is one of the memorable experiences that a lover of African art can have...thats what the Talking Drum Orchestra Of Africa gives you..- a musical outpouring,their drumbeat caused a rhythmic panic in Berlin @Kanerval der Kulturen-Carnival of Cultures,one of the world 's greatest and most important cultural events holding every Pentecost weekend in German capital city of Berlin.

For 90 minutes,1 million visitors from around the world were treated to a variety of percussive displays of Yoruba African talking drums.

Dabi rendered drum statements in over 10 languages including Yoruba,German, English, French,Spanish, Italian, Portuguese,Japanese,Chinese Russian thereby attracting accolades from hundreds of thousands of native speakers physically present at the carnival. -Akeem Lasisi ,The Punch

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Tour Dates

Artist Country State City Venue Date
The Taking Drums Orchestra Costa Rica San Diego Universidad de Costa Rica Jul 18, 2014
The Taking Drums Orchestra Japan Tokyo Soka,Saitama Ken Aug 17, 2014
The Taking Drums Orchestra Japan Tokyo Soka,Saitama Ken Aug 17, 2014
"Ijo Muke" Cover
  • "Ijo Muke"
  • World, World
  • The Talking Drums Orchestra
  • 01/14/2011
Liner Notes:
  1. Asayan
  2. Ilu Eko
  3. Ilu Na Ni O Jare
  4. Fun Fere
  5. Igbeyawo
  6. Ona Mi Ti La
  7. Ijo Muke
  8. Alu La
  9. Olorun Adigun
  10. Ma Resist E
Gbedu Gbigbona Cover
  • Gbedu Gbigbona
  • World, World
  • The Talking Drum Orchestra of Africa
  • 03/28/2014
  • Gbedu Gbigbona
  1. Drumming Around the World
  2. Meji Meji-Zwei Zwei
  3. Sukan Sukan Ni
  4. Yoruba
  5. Quiero Bailar Contigo
  6. Gbedu GbiGbona
  7. Iseyin O Seyin Rara
  8. Omo Ayan Ni Mi