After studying abroad in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, he relocated to Virginia’s capital city. He keeps the music close to his heart while playing with many national artists and directing Ban Caribe.
BAN CARIBE is an exciting blend of Afro-Cuban, Latin, Caribbean and Soulful Rhythm and Blues, all held together with pulsating percussion. The musical compositions and arrangements are spiritually inspired by the rhythmic beats and chants of African music. Our music is coined “CLAVE SOUL” it is Soulful, Sophisticated, Universal, and Unique. My interpretation of “Clave Soul” is the replacement of the traditional drum set of Rock and Roll with the Latin percussion ensemble of timbales, congas, bongos, maracas, and claves. The strumming of the guitar cords spices it up, and the harmonic chants, fortifies the groove.
I was inspired to create the “Clave Soul” sound from listening to the Rhythm & Blues of Sam Cooke, and the Salsa music of Tito Puente & Eddie Palmeri. The Drum song, which is one of my original compositions, illustrates the story of how the spirit of the “Tambor/Drum” talked to me. Music is a part of my heritage, soul, heart, and blood. The clave rhythms are connected to my soul. I was affectionately given the name “Babatunde” by a musical associate. The name means “The Father Returns”. I love the partnership of Latin & R & B, because it's in perfect harmony, and it makes the music all so smooth.
Kevin is the Director and founder of the Ashbury United Methodist Church youth drum ministry, cofounder of the World Beat Workshop, guest artist with the Virginia Commission of the Arts & Young Audiences of Learning, and a member of the music ministry at Ashbury Methodist Church.
Our current popular composition “Tambor” recorded on the Vacation Time CD holds the number 1 position on the Latin Beat Magazine Hit Parade (October—November 2012) and the Salsa Charts (August 2012)
Winner of the 2006
Teresa Pollak Awards
for Excellence in the Arts
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