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Michael Oloyede Afrobeat

Conversation With Afrobeat Drummer Michael Oloyede

I was very glad to have the opportunity to speak with drummer Michael Oloyede from Lagos in Nigeria who’s written a brilliant book on Afrobeat. The book covers technical exercises to help develop the coordination you need for Afrobeat drumming and specific groove patterns based on a wide variety of Afrobeat tracks. The book includes loads of audio examples of the patterns to help you learn them. I highly recommend anyone with an interest in Afrobeat and any drummer who wants to expand their groove pallette get a copy of the book. Check it out here.

Meanwhile, have a listen to our conversation. We talk about Michael’s story as a drummer, Tony Allen, the unique features of Afrobeat and it’s related styles and influences and how to get the best out of Michael’s book.