Doudoumba

Doudoumba

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Doudoumba has been performing throughout Australia for the past year and a half in schools, colleges and clubs as well as supporting such diverse acts as "The Bhundu Boys", "The World Saxophone Quartet" and "Malathini and the Mahotella Queens" on their Australian tours. Doudoumba is an exhilarating performance using a wide range of traditional African instruments: the doudoumba (drums), the Don DDo (talking drum), the Shekere (large gourd covered in beads), the Abtenben (bamboo flute from Ghana) and the DJembe (cone shaped rum from Guinea).

Rhythmic chanting and animated dance are important elements of Doudoumba and crowd participation is encouraged. Doudoumba's performers hall from Guadeloupe (West Indies), Ghana (West Africa), United States of America, Germany and Australia.

Khufu Amon Ra Born in New York City, played traditional African Drums out of the West Coast of the United States. Upon moving to California Khufu became a member of the Oakland based "Dimensions Dance Theatre" under the direction of internationally acclaimed Deborah Brooks Vaughan. Highlights of his time with "Dimensions" include "The National Black Dance Conference" in Los Angeles, and "The Africans Are Coming", an annual black cultural festival. From 1990, Khufu orked widely with other traditional black Dance/Drum companies: Diamoaro Corura West Africa Dance Company, Ceedo Senegalese Dance Company, Bantaba Dance Ensemble. In late 1992, Khufu arrived in Sydney where he has been performing regularly in various Shows and performances. Philippe Lincy Philippe was born in Guadeloupe, in the West Indies. He spent some time in Guinea and Senegal before moving to Paris where he played traditional African music with Le Grand Ballet d`Afrique Noir, as well as "Rhythm and Dance", which was later sponsored by the Australia Council to perform in Australia.

Philippe has recorded with Renee Geyer, Dale Barlow, Carl Orr, Monica and the Moochers and Wendy Matthews. He performs with the highly-acclaimed African-Drum band, Doudoumba which has supported international acts such as Bhundu Boys, World Saxaphone Quartet, Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens, Lucky Dube and Abdul Tee-Jay on recent tours. Philippe has also lectured on African Music at he Sydney Conservatorium of Music, conducted many African drumming workshops and toured educational institutions of Australia on behalf of the Education Department performing and teaching African rhythm.

Calvin Welsh Born in Michigan, USA, Calvin toured the USA and Europe with Jazz greats Sonny Stitt and Eddie Russ in the 1970's. Moving to Los Angeles in 1983 Calvin worked as a session drummer with LA producers Rodney Trotter, Phil Perry & Kevin Dorsey. Since arriving in Australia in 1988, Calvin joined the Rock Scene performing with Joe Walsh & The Party Boys, Kevin Borich, Bob Armstrong & The Navigators, Renee Geyer and Marc Hunter. Calvin also appeared in the 1989 Party Boys video "Follow Your Heart". The big bass sound of the "doudoumba" is played by Calvin who has been performing with Doudoumba for the past year and a half.

Yaw Glymin, born into a Royal Family in the Ashanti region of Ghana, Yaw was introduced to traditional drums at infancy. In Ghana, Yaw worked with Brian Eno, the Falsal Heliwani production company, the African fusion group Edikanto, Pat Thomas and Ghanian traditional guitarist Koo Nimo. In 1985 Yaw moved to Australia to from the group "Kalabash" which he has since left. Highlights of the five years spent with Kalabash include performing at the Riverstage at Expo 1988, Sydney Festival, two six week residencies at The Wrestpoint Casino, Hobart and supporting Osibisa and Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers on their Australian tours. In 1990/91 Yaw toured New South Wales and Victoria with T.J.Abdul and internationally acclaimed London - based African guitarist and Sydney - based Hip Hop/World Beat group The Walling Cockatoos.

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