music like life is a journey.

life is rhythm, rhythm is life.

know your rhythm -

be in the moment.

AFRICA YOTE (AFRICAN GROOVES FOR DRUMSET)

FUNKY SOUKOUS (FEATURING JUAN PABLO ON BASS)

POSITIVE (FRITZ MCINTYRE)

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME (FRITZ MCINTYRE)

CRISSCROSS RHYTHMS

WAR ON POVERTY (BILL KING FEATURING JANE BUNNETT)

Altaf is a multi-disciplinary percussionist, musical director, rhythm arranger producer and educator.

 

Altaf, born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, began his music career in the

vibrant mid-seventies music scene in Nairobi, performing as a drummer, percussionist and fire dancer. Altaf has lived and worked in Germany,

USA and Canada since leaving Nairobi in the eighties.

 

Altaf is fluent playing drumset and percussion in various styles: R&B, Rock, Pop, Jazzfunk, Disco, Reggae, Latin, Brazilian, African and Worldbeat Music. Altaf tours internationally performing at major festivals, clubs and

concert venues. He is also an experienced studio musician.

 

Altaf's teaching method connects the student to the music of drumming.

He has also developed a hand drum teaching repertoire of rhythms of

Africa and the Diaspora for one drum.

 

Altaf is an experienced musical director, band leader and producer.

"A great record is one thing, but to have a great record and a fantastic, creative & inspiring live show is everything."

 

Here are a few artists Altaf has recorded and performed with:

Darkhana Dandia Band (Nbi), Sunny Rivers, Juma Toto, Black Savage,

2000 A.D., Cinebar, Fire, Amanda Hughes, Big Bamboo, Voodoo Butter, Ashkaru, Tariq Abubakar & the Afronubians, Njacko Backo, Reggae Cowboys, Fritz McIntyre, Alpha YaYa Diallo, African Roots, Hamid Baroudi,

Slam Dunk Funk, Soul Drummers, Dirty Dancing (the musical),

Bill King, Jane Bunnett, Dr. John, Afroteque - Music from the Sun, ....

 

 

 

 

 

 

altaf@vellanionline.com

This is my book "African grooves for drumset".

Grooves that shake bodies up and down and

lift spirits high into the sky.

 

It features some of my favourite African rhythms,

adapted to drumset, easy to learn by ear or notation.

Learn the basic rhythm and then explore ...

 

To hear a sample of these grooves, please check out jukebox.

 

Available at Soul drums Toronto and music stores

in Canada and Germany.

 

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ALTAF "BWANA MOTO" VELLANI

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