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Inike Baba

by Kahlil Cummings & Balandugu Kan

Recorded in Guinea, West Africa, Kahlil Cummings, featuring a united Balandugu Kan Conakry and Los Angeles, debuts an extensive work of traditional Mandingue rhythms all dedicated to the elders and ancestors.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Inike Baba
Kahlil Cummings & Balandugu Kan
2:55 $0.99
2. Djaa
Kahlil Cummings & Balandugu Kan
6:11 $0.99
3. Dibon
Kahlil Cummings & Balandugu Kan
6:03 $0.99
4. Soko
Kahlil Cummings & Balandugu Kan
8:04 $0.99
5. Balandugu Kan
Kahlil Cummings & Balandugu Kan
5:58 $0.99
6. Musa Le/Konowulen
Kahlil Cummings & Balandugu Kan
7:34 $0.99
7. Kele m' Se
Kahlil Cummings & Balandugu Kan
6:05 $0.99
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Kahlil Cummings was born in Los Angeles, California. It was clear at a very young age that world music captured his interest. Thus, growing up around Afro-Brazilian, Cuban, and West African music through his father, naturally he began to study intensively percussive music of the world. Kahlil has traveled to Brazil, Cuba, and has been to West Africa six times over ten years to broaden his knowledge and musical strength. He has also studied with many Master Drummers, and Musicians, such as world famous African Master Drummer Mamady Keita, Mestre Amen Santo, Felipe Garcia, Cha' Cha, Motown-signed Artist Munyungo Jackson, and many others.

When Kahlil was thirteen years old, his dad decided on taking him to one of Mamady Keita's special djembe/dunun workshops he was having in Los Angeles. Mamady noticed his gift and asked for his father Rahsan to bring him to Conakry, Guinea to his Drum Camp that he holds every year at his home. For over ten years, Kahlil Cummings has studied with Mamady both in Guinea and the states and has perfected the gift that Mamady had noticed when he was a child. In Guinea, he collaborated with some friends of the community, who also played, and started a group called Balandugu Kan. This group was sanctioned by Mamady Keita representing "the voice of Balandugu"; which is the village where Mamady was born. Today, Balandugu Kan has now become a major group with members in both Conakry, Guinea and Los Angeles, CA, with many new members. As Mamady's protégé, he has become well versed in various styles, and techniques of the traditional Malinke rhythms, on the dunu and djembe; as he now assists Mamady Keita in his most important workshops. Reared through performance arts education in Los Angeles, Kahlil also studied concert percussion at Millikan Middle School, and is a music graduate at Hamilton High school. He has become a very highly demanded musician and percussionist playing for majority of West African Master dance classes, Modern and Dunham Technique classes, and tap jams. Since he was a child, he's also played for many groups including Ballet Folklorico do Brasil, Swing Brasil, Sona Sane', Abalaye, Inu Olorun, Mila Samba School, Sarah Marshall Dance Company, the ABC Project, and Les Amazones, and now he plays with artists such as Munyungo Jackson, Wunmi from Nigeria, and Rocky Dawuni from Ghana. Kahlil Cummings is also a Professor of Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art Form, where he has studied with Mestre Amen Santo at West Los Angeles’ Capoeira Batuque since he was 6 years old. He was also the Musical Director for the opening dance pieces for both the NAACP Image Awards and the Choreographers’ Awards in 2004. He continues to perform locally with different groups including at the Ford Amphitheatre, Hollywood Bowl, and many universities around California. His focus is to compose, and teach not only the Malinke rhythms, but also techniques of African percussion influences from around the world.



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