​I'm born of English-Nigerian parentage and was brought up listening to
mostly African music in the UK, although I have very broad musical taste.
I began my musical life aged 11, as a self-taught guitarist, but was quickly drawn towards the drums of my childhood; eventually being trained by traditional drummers in the early 1990's, specialising in Yoruba talking drums and many other African percussions. Much of my training was whilst playing at the frequent all-night African community events in London.
I'm also an accomplished studio engineer/producer, having originally trained at London's old Matrix Studios network, where I was fortunate enough to work with a wide array of top engineers, producers and major artists from around the world. All my studio work is now freelance.​
​I dedicate my working life to my two main passions: 
African Drumming and Music Technology, both of which I teach regularly.
I love to perform, record, travel and share my enthusiasm with others.
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