African drums were introduced to me at the age of 6. My teacher from Guinea, Mangue Camara, not only taught me how to play them, but also what different rhythms mean. It was through his teaching and our playing together that I learned how to communicate through music.
Discovering the drum set in high school I played different bands, all kinds of music ranging from metal to folk, to later start my studies at the pop department of the Conservatory of Amsterdam and find my instrument: the 1943 Slingerland Rolling Bomber.
During my studies I learned I am able to accompany and strengthen someones musical storytelling. One of the biggest pleasures in my life. It never gets old: different people, aims and approaches keep me going, and growing.
I recorded and toured with a lot of inspiring songwriters and musicians like: Pitou, Luwten, Remy van Kesteren, the Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Wouter Planteijdt, Johan Borger (the entire Borger family), Morris Kliphuis, René van Barneveld, Marten de Paepe and Pablo van de Poel.
Enjoy a few of my favorite moments and recordings.