Mallet Percussion: Performance & Discussion
Saturday September 19, 2020
Chris Jelly (Vibraphone)
Kuda Matimba (Marimba)
N'famady Kouyate (Balafon)
Peter J Saleh (Marimba)
BSL Interpreted by Caroline Ryan
I started playing tuned percussion from the age of 12 years old. Performing in Youth Bands, small ensembles and as a an Individual.
Inspiration for mallet percussion come from the likes of Evelyn Glennie, Gary Burton and then the man the legend Roy Ayers. Studied Music at Weymouth College then Newcastle College. Stayed in the North East.
Music is the love.
My main musical projects:
Principle 3 (percussion Ensemble)
King bee. Northeast Jazz Funk Outfit playing up and down the country
Zimbabwe has produced many artists who have made a name for themselves in different ways. Among these artists the name Kuda Matimba should be included. Virtuoso marimbist Kuda Matimba grew up in Zimbabwe inspired by life and the struggle for justice. Kuda was a member of Zimbabwe’s legendary Bhundu Boys, a band who were a groundbreaking force in the African music industry as they paved the way for more artists to reach commercial success in Europe and the US. Kuda performs now with Afro-beat collective Harare and solo, bringing both ancient and modern compositions and arrangements on marimba and mbira; beautiful, melodic songs from the sacred traditions of the Shona people of Zimbabwe.
N’famady Kouyaté is Malinké in origin, born into a griot/djeli family; the African bardic tradition where djeli have responsibility for preserving traditional Mandingue culture through the sharing of ancient rhythms, songs, and stories. Descended from a long
line of djeli, N’famady is a master balafonist, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and the founder of Les Héritiers du Mandingue (a traditional Mandingue-modern fusion group) – now reborn as The Successors of the Mandingue. As an infant N’famady was taught to play balafon (a traditional natural wooden xylophone) and went on to djembe and drumming in the ballet groups of Conakry (Guinea’s capital). He later joined various theatre and orchestral groups for festival tours across Africa. N'famady is now resident in the UK and has been collaborating with a wide range of artists on new and exciting projects.
Peter J SalehThe best part about being a percussionist is the variety I’ve maintained in my professional career over the past 20 years. Whether it be playing and subbing hundreds of Broadway and Off-Broadway performances, donning my tux regularly with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, drumming with Top-40 club date bands throughout the NYC area, traversing the NJ Turnpike with the Exit 9 Percussion Group, accompanying modern dance classes at the Juilliard School, or even starting my podcast “Hit Haul & Hang”, there is never a dull moment.