African percussion, kora, vox

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LA based composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer. As a percussionist, I specialize in African, Cuban and Brazilian drumming. I've lived in Togo & Ghana, West Africa, Habana & Matanzas, Cuba and Bahia, Brazil. I've played with Papa Ladji Camara, Mustapha Tetty Addy, Changuito, Giovanni Hidalgo, Los Papines and Afro Cuba.

Africa is the source. Having a deep understanding of traditional African music and all of it's variations around the world, allows me a unique perspective and skill set as a percussionist and producer.
Because of this experience, I can essentially play any type of hand or stick drum, any pattern simple or complex, with a variety of feels, both non-Western and contemporary.

**I have top of the line recording equipment (Bock, Neumann & AKG mics, Manley pre-amp, Lavry Blue converters) and can guarantee a full, high resolution sound for remote sessions.

Specific drums & percussion are:
West African - djembe, dun dun, sambang, kpanlogo, kutiro and talking drum.
Cuban - congas, timbales, cajon, bongos, shekere, palitos, guiro, clave and more cow bell.
Brazilian - surdu, atabaque, repanique, pandiero, agogo, caxixi, rainstick.
North African - darbuka
Miscellaneous - shakers, bells, toys, found objects, and whatever else the song needs.

**African kora - 26-string harp from West Africa. All diatonic modes.

**Male Vocalist - Smooth and resonant tenor. Trained and proficient in Classical, Jazz, Folk, Rock. Love harmony. Pitch range G2 to C5.

**Acoustic Guitar - finger-style in the Blues, Folk, Leo Kottke and Alex DeGrassi style. Open tunings.

**Producer - produced on over 50 records from singer-songwriter to World music, New Age meditation to Electronic/EDM.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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    6 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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    1. Review by Marco P.
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      Tom is very talented. Very good sound, fast and reliable. He gives suggestions and helps to create the perfect patterns for your tracks. Thank you.

    2. Review by Devitt E.
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      It It sounds like authentic African drumming as opposed to an american playing a djembe. Tom was fast and reliable. I hope to work with him again

    3. Review by Steve C.
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      perfection always

    4. Review by Steve C.
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      Excellence in the form of percussion =Tom Rossi

    5. Review by Steve C.
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      Tom is an incredible percussionist who needs very little direction. He does things as required but goes beyond expectation, works fast!

    6. Review by Steve C.
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      Awesome work, satisfied!!!

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    Tom Rossi - Percussion, Guitar, Vocal Sample Combo - African/Cuban/Brazilian drums - Kora/Vocals/Synth - Song/Vocals/Acoustic Guitar

    I was the composer, producer, songwriter, percussionist, vocalist, guitarist, kora player, etc. in this production

    Terms Of Service

    Depending on track, 5 hour delivery from when I start recording. 1 revision & minor adjustments free. 2 + revisions 30% of initial agreed price added for each revision. $150 minimum = 1 instrument

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    • James Taylor
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    Gear Highlights
    • Le Lavry Blue 4496 converters
    • Manley Labs tube mic pre & optical limiter
    • Mics: Bock 251
    • AKG 414's & Solid Tube
    • Neumann TLM 103
    • Rode NT5
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