|DABI DEBO AYANLOLA KANYINSOLA
DABI DEBO AYANLOLA KANYINSOLA
COMING from lineage of drummers, Dabi Debo Ayanlola Kanyinsola, wanted to do something different from his fathers while growing up, but was caught in the web of destiny, which redirected his focus.
The multi linguist artiste did not only return to drumming, even in a foreign land , but ended up establishing an all drummers orchestra that cuts across Nigeria s ethnic groups and, promotes African culture.
He founded the Talking Drum Orchestra of Africa,the first of its own kind in the whole universe.This amazing huge Band consists of 18 members,professional percussionists,dancers,singers.
Dabi is recognized internationally for his work as a Grand Master Drummer, one of the most respected and sought after drummers of his generation. He has toured the world, and has appeared on national televisions around the globe, including a featured spot on Japan NHK/MTV. .
He has emerged over a decade as the
most revered dundun-apala drummer in Nigeria and perhaps the most famous talking drummer in the world.
His fluency in 7 International languages gives him an iconic status around the world, he never knew he would stick to drumming, a vocation of his ancestors, in fact, he hated it, but has to do it, not only as a pastime job, but to impact lives.
- By Omiko Awa , The Guardian - Weekend Beats,Saturday, 27 November 2010 .
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 accompanied by some 14 other people equally flaunting iya ilu, gangan or any other member of the Yoruba talking drum family. It is one of the memorable experiences that a lover of African art can have.
With Dabi Kanyinsola, such an experience is expected. The Iseyin, Oyo State-born drummer, who recently returned to the country after years of sojourn abroad, is at the head of a 15-man Talking Drum Orchestra, which has performed in various places within and outside Nigeria. While preparing for a trip to Germany a few months ago, prominent people that included businessmen, academics and expatriates had a feel of the prowess of Kanyinsola popularly called Dabi Ayanlola and his troupe.
In a musical outpouring, their drumbeat caused a rhythmic panic in the Yoruba Tennis Club hall at Onikan, Lagos. It was supposed to be a demonstrative event, but not even a German member of the audience could resist joining the orchestra to dance on the stage.
Having lived in France, Canada and being to Japan and a few other countries, Dabi can speak up to seven languages to a varying extent. These are his native Yoruba, English, French, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Japanese. He has been able to transfer this into his performances as he uses his drum to send out notes in these languages.
Interestingly, Dabi used to look down on the art of drumming. Although he started drumming when he was six, following his father who was a drummer to occasions, he hated the routine of wandering up and down everyday. He was thus relieved when opportunity came for him to start schooling.
But my father always told me that no matter what education I had, I would still go back to drumming,says Dabi, who is set to present his second album, Gbedu Gbigbona, coming after Ijo Muke Dance Galore.When I was a student in France I used to follow Some African groups. Tuition was free but I needed pocket money. Later I lived in Montreal, Canada between 1994 and 1999, doing music and making money. My father s prediction further came to pass when I established a talking drum academy in Montreal,Tokyo,Taipei teaching people from different races the art of drumming.
In the eight-track album, Gbedu Gbigbona are Drumming Around the World and A Call to Dance rendered in Spanish Quiero bailar contigo.
-By Akeem Lasisi-The Punch_Art & life,December 2012 .
The first African drummer to collaborate with a symphonic orchestra The British Embassy Choir ,produced by the renowned British TV composer Howard GoodHall in 2006..We are the burning fire was a successful charitable event in 2006.
Dabi has given workshops on Yoruba traditional dance and drumming styles to audiences in the US,Canada, Europe and Asia during the past 10 years. While he is known for his artistic moves that offer a modernist gloss on traditional themes, he was born, brought up amidst the traditional drums and dances practiced from his roots,Iseyin in Western Nigeria. His fame as a multi-percussionist, linguist,singer,dancer and teacher has taken him all over the globe.Dabi Ayanlola Kanyinsola and His Talking Drum Orchestra thrilled the global audience of 1.5 millions in this year Berlin Karneval der Kulturen 2012.
-By Robert Gilles -La Gazette (de Montreal)
LOUIS Armstrong they say is the Godfather of Jazz, He handled the Trumpet like a pro and together they created beautiful music. I still have the picture in my head, that visual picture of a shirtless man taming all the instrument on stage, one after the other, beating the drums, playing the trumpets, and treating other instruments with pleasantries that produces music and performances that the fans love to see and hear, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, was such. Dabi Debo Ayanlola Kanyinsola is another figure in the present that has wooed music and presently dating an instrument that over time has stood as a symbol of cultural heritage and values. Dabi has mastered his partner so well that he dare not go to the stage without his passionate philosopher. Yes, his instrument has such pedigree of a sage, seer and why not call it a philosopher. The talking drum is a philosopher and Dabi is its percussionist that marries words with sweet sound that brings serenade to our ears and takes us to cloud nine in search of serendipitous discoveries. Gangan is the native name the Yorubas have given to the talking drum.
This widely travelled music artist never wanted to be a drummer but the drum already was in love with his lineage, from the way his father handled the instrument destiny had to support the drum. So in a foreign land, a drum orchestra was born and the father was Dabi, the mother was gang an and the offspring was only an off shoot of what the head of the village drummers, Papa Kanyin, use to produce. And so it was that the master degree holder in linguistic was now referred to as Grand master Drummer when he became one of the most respected and sought after drummers of his generation. He went round the world with his band and national media followed. Tell me it's a marvel, of how this drummer speaks seven different international languages, I will agree with you, it's iconic . That's what I will say of the Canadian/Japan based musician.
The Iseyin, Oyo state-native has taught the white and black man across Diaspora how to listen and play with the talking drum. He started listening to the drum as a kid when Papa Ayanlekan,Ajao Kanyin would only communicate with it,my dad would use the drum to call our names for errand and it was as if he was speaking our dialect, we heard our names loud and clear Dabi explains. Ijo Muke is one work that lovers of music should collect. it's an album that's of jubilation, where Dabi s percussive orchestra displayed their quality skills. A collector s item; now it's like yesterday, but as a boy, his father scolded him to embrace the talking drum he detested so much. His father said in a clear language; No matter what you do in life, you will still go back to the talking drum. That was a prognosticated utterance of knowledge and it has come to be the situation. So interest got developed when the whites gave attention to the sounds and vibes that blasts and speaks from the local percussion. So He developed his skills and brought to life the dexterity that he has grown from a tender age, I was always playing the drum as a boy irrespective of the fact that it disgusts me he whispered.
Today is a tale of heroic assembly of achievement with the talking drum for Dabi and his group. Who was the first African drummer to collaborate with a symphonic orchestra; the British Embassy choir? Yeah you are right, it was his group. He has also worked with the Renowned British TV composer, Howard Goodhall, participated in the 'we are the burning fire charitable event in 2006 , delivered workshops on Yoruba traditional dance and drumming styles around the globe, his fame as a multi-percussionist, linguist, singer, dancer and teacher has taken him all over the globe. Today Dabi is a hero that is doing a lot with the talking drum; he is as relevant to Nigerian modern music as any recent artist as we experience his collaborative efforts with Nigerian pop artistes in the likes of Kween.
-By Ediale Kinsley- National Daily,Trends ,Monday 27th ,August 2012.
The 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 culture ".
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.
The Talking Drum Orchestra s 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 is a flexible and experimental virtuoso of international calibre.
-By Gabriel Oluwadamilare Adeniyi- People s Culture Magazine August 2011
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Today)エリック ラサレル氏による：デボ ダビ カインソラは稀に見る才能の持ち主でヨルバの伝統文化とあらゆる太鼓を成就し続けるマスタードラマーである。ナイジェリアでは、過去十年以上にわたり最も崇拝されるガンガン奏者であり、おそらく、世界においても、同じことが言えるでしょう。