LEON MOBLEY / AFRICAN DRUMS
He is a percussionist and drummer, founder and artistic and musical director of #DaLion and #Djimbe West African Drummers and Dancers and a member of the #InnocentCriminals, @BenHarper's band. He worked with @damianmarley and @Nas on a collaborative album titled #DistantRelatives (2010).
Mobley began playing African drums in 1967, studying for 10 years under the tutelage of Nigerian master drummer #BabatundeOlatunji at the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1977 Mobley studied under the directorship of Senegalese master drummer #IbrahimCamara, while a member of the #BokanDeye Dance Company. Mobley was invited to South Africa in 1991 to perform with returning exiles #LettaMbulu, #CaiphusSemenya, and #HughMasekela.
Like his mentor Olatunji (who played for many years with Santana and other artists of the day), Mobley has succeeded in bringing African drumming into contemporary mainstream music and has performed and recorded with many major artists in all genres. Among the many artists Mobley has worked with are: @DaveMatthewsBand, @JackJohnson, Peter Wolf, @MickJagger, @QuincyJones, @Santana, @MichaelJackson, @MacyGray, @TrevorHall, @DirtyDozenBrassBand, @BlindBoysOfAlabama, @Madonna, @TheFugees, @StevieWonder, @Gov’tMule, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tom Morello of @RageAgainstTheMachine, @Timoria, @PierceFucinni, @Airto and Flora Purim, and more.