Freedom Beats 2, @ 505 the Venue


Cyndi and the Drums return to 505 this April with the introduction of digi-electronic-drums triggered live by Vincent Sebastian (Afro-Experiments, Watussi), and Cuban folkloric bata drums played by Dominic Kirk, (Irawo, Son Veneno, Orqueston). Now from body-percussion, electronic, folkloric, hand, sticks and kit drums, Cyndi and the Drums is definitely living up to it’s promise of more drums, more of the time.
Added to this, the injection of secular and electronic drums has re-invented the afro-celtic guitar and bass that frame Cyndi’s unique pop-afro & spoken-word evolution as she creates her identity as an artist running in her own lane.

Cyndi Tan – vocals, bata drums, congas, body percussion
Tina Harris – bass, body percussion, vocals
Matt Hall – guitar, body percussion, vocals
Dominic Kirk – bata drums, congas, body percussion, kit-drum,
Vincent Sebastian – electronic drums, congas, body percussion, bata, hand percussion

Kanga Rumba

In it’s truest and purest form, drumming for your community is the service of every percussionist, and Rumba is no exception. A secular genre of Cuban music involving dance, percussion and song, it has traditionally been performed by poor workers of African descent in the streets of Cuba since the 1940’s. Now it’s legacy has reached 505, led by rising percussion star Dominic Kirk (Pedrito Martinez, Bill Summers, Deni Hines) who placed 2nd in the annual percussion competition of Havana “La Fiesta Del Tambor” in 2013. Featuring Cuban vocalist Roberto Perez Garrido leading the Afro call-and-response from Yoruba to Havana, Kanga Rumba will transport you to Africa and beyond.