has its origins in producing drums for Caribbean music -- Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the
Dominican Republic. But I never forget the origins of these drums, and on May 1, 2005 I attempted
to bring together some of the wonderful new African musical friends I had recently met to a
gathering in my house.
Several of the invited guests were committed to musical work elsewhere
so our African representation was lacking
but the joy we experienced -- and the music that was made -- left
little to be desired! Participating in this gathering were vocal talents
of Cameroonian singer, Kaïssa,
bassist Greg Novick and drummer Maciek
Pedro "Pedrito" Martinez
and his friends, Mauricio Herrera, Marvin
Diz and Jaair showed their percussion versatility.
I hope to be able to host more such afternoons and hopefully with a
better showing of African musicians.
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