Sangoma Everett started playing drums at the age of twelve. After initial successes in his home, Virginia, USA, he decided to leave for New York. There he teamed with bassist and composer Bill Lee and played with The Clifford Jordan Quartet for three years.
Improving quickly, Sangoma started playing with other great musicians like Barry Harris, Chris Anderson, Murial Winston and Joe Newman. After a stay in Northern Ireland in 1979 with Joe Newman, he settled in Paris France. There he had the opportunity to play regular gigs with Jimmy Forest, Al Grey, Jimmy Smith, Mal Waldron, Horace Parlan, Jimmy Woode, Kirk Lightsey and La Velle.
Sangoma toured Africa with Memphis Slim in 1984 and with Dee Daniels in 1986 & 1987. He performed in many festivals throughout Europe.
He was an established and successful drummer when he joined Barney Wilen and became a central element in the group between 1986 & 1989. In the 90s he worked with Eddie Louiss and he lived in Switzerland for a few years.
In 1999 and 2000 he was The Golden Gate Quartet's drummer.
In January 2001, he formed the Sangoma Everett Group with The Nomads of the Desert.
Meanwhile Sangoma has played, among others, with: Philippe Catherine, Dizzy Gillespie, Doudou Gouirand, Donald Harrison, Benny Golson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Maurice Vander, Leon Thomas, Steve Lacy, Erik Truffaz, Tony Lakatos, Linda Hopkins, Jimmy Witherspoon and performed Vocals with Laurent Garnier. He has also performed in many recording sessions with Barney Wilen, Claude Nougaro, Liz McComb and Jeri Brown.
Sangoma Discography Tracks
|BW092||Various||Ngihawukele Thonga Lami (as Sangoma, Suzan Hendricks And The Traditional Healers) and 1 more… Various - Tribal Ethno Dance - Cha(p)tter One - Drum 'n Metal (CD)||M.E.L.T. 2000||BW092||UK||2003||Sell This Version|
|Laurent Garnier||First Reaction Laurent Garnier - Excess Luggage (Comp)||F Communications, Play It Again Sam [PIAS]||France||2003||Sell This Version|