Renowned for his sessions and performances with acclaimed African, Jazz and Electronica artists around the globe.
Richard Ólátundé Baker is the go-to Guru for drumming master classes, workshops, music production, sourcing and buying traditional African and global music percussive instruments. See Bio.
Born and raised in the UK of English-Nigerian parentage, I grew up listening to mostly African music and later developed a strong interest in various experimental / avant garde genres.
My musical journey began aged 11, as a self-taught guitarist, although I naturally gravitated towards drums during my early twenties. I was lucky to be trained by traditional Yoruba talking drum masters, many of whom featured on the records I'd listened to as a youth. I also worked many other African Pro-percussionists in the 1990's. My drumming foundations are firmly rooted in playing frequently at all-night African community events as well as in African Theatre.
Notably, I'm an accomplished studio engineer/producer, having originally trained at London's old Matrix Studios network. I gained priceless experience working with a wide array of top engineers, producers and major artists from around the world. All my studio work is now freelance. In the current climate I now offer remote recording sessions.
I dedicate my working life to my two main passions: African Drumming and Music Technology, both of which I teach regularly. Artists I've worked with include Tony Allen, Mulatu Astatke, Seun Kuti, Sting, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Natty, to name a few.
I love to perform, record, travel and share my enthusiasm with others.