Ekendra Das & World Radio 108

Ekendra Das & World Radio 108

 Alachua, Florida, USA
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World Radio 108 is a collection of musicians bought together by Ekendra Das who come from various musical and cultural backgrounds who are united by the common interest in inspired music, there are no formulas, or limitations, this is heart music, from ours to yours. WR108 is about the message and the music and hope you find the moods and grooves in this recording help make your day better for years to come.

Ethnomusicology its academic meaning, is the study of the music of various cultures,

Biography

Ekendra Das is a multi percussionist and drummer whose relationship with the drum goes back to his childhood, where he often jammed with the musicians that played at the Blue Cornet night club managed by his father in New York. Musicians like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespe and others.

Ekendra’s uncle, a famous Katherine Dunham dancer, arranged for Ekendra’s first recording , singing and playing percussion on a Harry Belefonte recording. The spark was lit, music and the drum became a huge part of Ekendra’s life. Ekendra went on to study drumming and music under various teachers from all styles. After college, Ekendra worked the New York music scene with artists like Kashif, Living Color’s Vernon Reid, JazzMobile all stars, sax man Carlos Garnett, Pharaoh Saunders, Nat Aderly Jr., and a special performance with Dizzy Gillespe. Broadway shows and major dance companies also used his percussive skills. When Ekendra was offered a job working in Africa he took it as an opportunity to study first hand the drum and percussion of Africa. This also found him playing with African artists like Sonny Okoso, Kofi Ghanaba, Banda and Congolese artist Africa One. Ekendra decided to visit India on a vacation and fell in love with the music and returned several times to study both music and philosophy. Ekendra has played Indian percussion for artists both recording and live performances.

After returning to the States, Ekendra began a refreshed music career playing and recording with Fertile Ground, David Bach, Raheem Davaughn, Mary Ann Redmond, Imani, Tim Eyerman, Caje, Mosaic, Bottomland, Amikaelya, Anthony David, The D.C. Mass Choir, Havana Select, Frank Macomb, Brian Culbertson, Marcus Johnson Project, Al Williams, Scott Ambush, Julie Dexter and others.
International artists include Chucho Valdes , Susana Baca, Marixtrell, Armand Ntep, Rashik Priya, Los Munoquitos, Filipe Villamil and Emekeke.

One of the most inspiring moments was playing the Smithsonian Institute tribute to Celia Cruz with Havana Select. Ekendra has for the last eleven years been the percussionist for the soul,jazz and world music, group Fertile Ground, recording and touring the world and sharing stages with everyone from BB King to the Black Eyed Peas. Ekendra continues to teach workshops and clinics as well as private instruction.

Ekendra Das Endorses Latin Percussion Instruments, Soultone Cymbals, Taye
Drums, Los Cabos Drumsticks ,Unigrips, Cympad.

Discography

Jerry Gordon All for Love 1995
Jerry Gordon California Nights 1996
Imani Between here and there 1999
Fertile Ground Spiritual War 2000
Mary Ann Redmond Here I Am 2000
Kweli Smith Secrets 2000
Shanbhu Do Things Right 2000
Bottomland Feet of Clay 2001
Fertile Ground Perception 2001
David Bach 5000 Words 2001
Mambo Combo Mr. Happy 2001
Julie Sanderson I Want the World 2002
Raf Robertson Universal Rhythm 2002
Will Smith W.E.S. Group 2002
Fertile Ground Seasons Change 2003
Amikaeyla Mosaic 2005
Fertile Ground Black Is 2005
David Bach A Deep Breath 2005
Mosaic Live At Sangha 2006
Rashik Priya Getting together 2007
David Font Io 2007
Bada Hari Sri Nama 2009
Das Bros Trio Dark Moon 2009
Ricky Vasquez Otro Nievel 2010
David Bach Consort DBC 2010
Radha Botofasina Eternal Soul 2010
Ekendra Das Ethnomusicology 2011