Erique Lasalle of the" Africa Today "
writes:....Debo Dabi Kanyinsola, a rare talent of his kind, an all -round
master drummer and who is accomplished in an array of Yoruba traditions
and drumming styles.
He has emerged over a decade as the most revered gangan drummer
in Nigeria and perhaps the most famous gangan drummer in the world.
At home in Nigeria,he is known for his
expertise in every genre from gangan to bata,akuba.gudugudu,
ashiko,bembe,kongaa sakara, agidigbo.
Between 1990 to2002 Dabi has toured internationally
performing in dozens of high-profile festivals
and independent tours of USA,Germany,Italy,Spain,France,
South Korea ,Poland,Jamaica,Holland and United Kingdom.
Apart from being steeped in Yoruba tradition as a ritual drummer,
a flexible and experimental virtuoso of internationa calibre.".
At the festival of arts in Montreal:
Dabi always takes his audience away musically from Quebec to Africa
" "Il est tellement chouette"" and "
". La Gazette de Montreal called him ""Chiki-Boum".
My intent is to bring Africa closer to people
in a way that does not have a stigma attached to it.
Africa culture does not have to be something seen in an
exotic sense, it is for everyone to share and understand.
Through my music I hope to help people understand our
West Africa magazine
described Dabi as "Africa's leading talking drummer.
"Drum is the ear of God and one must beat it with the attitude that
one is speaking to God on behalf of mankind"
My efforts are directed toward preserving the African
culture through my music.
Edward Ray, in the African
Music Magazine writes about Dabi's Group DDK: "Each member
of the group brings a different dimension to the collective sound,
the repertoire ranges from a hunter's song from Nigeria to
a fishermen's song from Benin to a warrior's song from South Africa to a nomadic's .
Their music is a testimony to the fact that around the world,
rhythm continues to create new ideas and reshape old ones.
"Their music acts as the testimony to the power of the rhythm,
which has been the engine that drives the music of the 20th Century
and will drive the music of the 21st Century."
Dabi,born in Nigeria, West Africa,comes from a family of Master Drummers
of the Yoruba tribe. From an early age dancing and drumming formed an intrinsic
part of his life. He was raised in the Yoruba tribal culture, one that
works, worships, lives and breathes to the beat of the drum, which has
been primarily used to transmit traditional knowledge.
The drum is the focal point of Dabi's life story, and as well his link to
the western world. After his graduation from the University of Montpellier, France,
he pursued a brief career as a graphic artist, and then returned
to traditional African music.
Since that time, Mr. Kanyinsola has acquired a global reputation as an entertainer,
instrumentalist,choreographer,dancer, and instructor. He absorbed the music and culture
of his entire country, from the capital to the forest region, and brings this out in his music.
Mr Kanyinsola presently spearheads DDK Yoruba drumming Ensemble Mr. Kanyinsola
is fluent in English, French, Japanese,Nago and Yoruba. He reads and writes
them all My father (May God rest his soul) was also a drummer,and
my grandfather too. All my ancestors,ever since we can remember , dedicated
to this noble occupation. [My music] seeks to fashion a reflection of order
and purity out of the high 'entropy' state of today's living, particularly
in my part of Africa.
The beauty of a people is rooted in their conscious striving to fully utilise
cultural elements found in their sub-region as basis for expression, be it
in musical practice, dress, food, speech, theatre, social, etc.
Thus, new forms should be generated out of that which is culturally
authentic around one. The only true way forward, I believe .
Back in France,during my University days,there were times I wouldn't eat
for two days simply because I have used the money meant for food to prepare
my debut of some kind. Today I am happy that I have made a change musically
throughout the world. My dream is to let the world know the vital role
of the "talking drum"in any ensemble and to let the unborn
generations know that our culture is a very rich one ".
click here for some video clips.
DDK GROUP MEMBERS
Dabi 's family rooted back to the Are-ilu of Iseyin
(the highest drumming chief of Iseyin town in Oyo State of Nigeria)
A bata -dance specialist,HND degree holder.
Gabriel has been dancing and drumming since childhood
and he is a foundation member of the DDK
Gabriel is from the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria
Mikaeli .A. Sanni
A very talented saxophonist
Mikaeli started playing saxophone since he turned 14years old . Sanni is
a well known name among the sports fans in Nigeria.
Because he entertained them scores of times.
Sanni comes from Hausa-Yoruba background
and he speaks both languages fluently.
Badmus is very exciting to watch.onstage.a vibrant dancer
with incredible speed.,a dancer with unique style.
Yussuf comes from Sakara drum lineage
Badmus is from theYoruba tribe of Nigeria
These two beautiful
ladies come from a long lineage
Victoria is from Yoruba
tribe while Rosemary is half Ibo half Yoruba.