|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 holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Fine Arts from the University of Montpellier,Montpellier,France,he futher bagged a Masters degree in Linguistics.
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)
ダ ビ(打美）デボ カインソラ
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。