Ben Baddoo - Vocals, Percussion, Balafon.
|Ben from Ghana is a well known figure in the world of drum and dance, having been one of itís first exponents in the UK. He is also an in-demand session player, having guested with artists as diverse as Vangellis, Nick Turner, Peter Gabriel and most recently Temple Of Sound. Ben is also noted for his Drum and Dance Workshops, which he has delivered not only at festivals around the world, but also in schools and colleges throughout the UK. A solo drum track that he recorded for the Womad Talking Book CD is now part of the UK Schools curriculum.|
Royston Gage - Vocals, Bass.
Royston is from the Commonwealth of Dominica. His early experiences with music included hanging out with Led Zeppelin when they used his bandís rehearsal room on the island. Having toured extensively, playing in some of the top Soca and Reggae bands in the Caribbean, he moved to the UK to develop and expand his style.
Chris Cobbson - Guitar
Chris was also born in Ghana and studied at Goldsmiths College and Guildhall School of Music and drama. He was principle guitarist for Herbie Flowers Rock School, Lambeth music, founded Marlborough college Rock school course. Played in West End productions of Grease and Soul Train. Other shows include Fiddler on the Roof, Nat King Cole story, Up Against the Wall. He has toured with Osibisa, Courtney Pine, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley and many more, and brings the authentic sound of African guitar to Baraka.
Tony Bailey - Drums.
Born in Trinidad, Tony brings the authentic feel of West Indian rhythms to the band. He toured the Carribean playing with a number of high profile Soca and Calypso acts before moving to the UK. He has successfully adapted his style to include African rhythms, and his combination of these styles gives Baraka its driving edge.
Brendan Whitmore - Vocals, Tenor and Soprano Saxophones, Flute, Harmonica.
Brendan from Carlow, Eire came to World music through Reggae, having been a founder member of Bristolís first and foremost reggae band Ė TALISMAN, with whom he enjoyed numerous television appearances and radio sessions, including John Peel, and also significant chart success. As well as World Music and Reggae, his influences are Blues and Jazz.
Mamadou Cissoko - Vocals, Kora and Djembe
Although not a regular member of BARAKA, Mamadou loves to play with the band, and joins in whenever other committments allow. He is one of the world famous Cissoko family of Musicians and Artists from Senegal, and embodies all the best attributes of the tradition. He also has a inquisitive nature, which has led him to performing with BARAKA. Here he can sidestep the traditional, and add some melodic Kora to a pounding Reggae beat, or join Ben in some blistering Percussion - the Ghanaian loping beats crashing headlong into some machine gun Senegalese Djembe.