The very talented Jazz/World musician, Kahlil Kwame Bell ~ composer, drummer, percussionist, and teacher ~ just announced his 7th CD release, entitled Homeland, a dynamic world exploration of music and culture.
You might recognize his name from the Highline Ballroom with Ada Dyer (Aretha Franklin tribute) and Ramona Renea (tribute to Nina Simone); Cafe’ Wha, Smalls Jazz Club. In February, 2016, he and his trio played the opening reception of Harlem Is…Downtown at Federal Hall; the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia with Dr. Lonnie Smith, and in December of that year, completed a five-day run with Smith, including New Year’s Eve at the Jazz Standard. He’s worked extensively with urban Bush Women, and an engagement from April 29 to May 1 (2016) at the Apollo Theater, Salon Series and Shapeshifter Labs in Brooklyn. He is also a regular with the popular Harlem Jazz Box Series, Harlem Safe House and Jazz Parlor.
And how does he get those sounds? The magic comes through in an interview for Revive Music, “I fell in love with drumming at a very young age. My father and my uncle were studying with a gentleman by the name of Ladji Camara, who was a West African djembe player who played with a group called Les Ballets Africains. Or Joliba National. These two drum and dance organizations were out of the country of Guinea, West Africa, and they had come over here quite frequently in the 60s and the 70s to perform. And Ladji was one of the main drummers, he was the elder drummer up there. Ladji had come here first though. He had come here like in 1958, before I was even born. And my father and my uncle were studying with him in the 60s. Then I was born in 68.” Read the full interview Here.
Contributing musicians on Homeland include Craig Harris, Keith “the Captain” Gamble and Jovan Alexandre, representing local Harlem artists, in addition to International musicians.
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Hear him live at (American Legion) Post #398 on Wednesdays (248 West 132nd Street) with the Jason Marshall Trio from 7-10pm, and at First Sharon Baptist Church on Sunday at 11am service, 233 East 116th Street #Harlem.