Kaben Kafo

The name Kaben Kafo (let’s play together) was gifted to me by Mamady Keita, when I was telling him about a new ensemble that I was to putting together, focussing on going deeper into traditional repertoire and that it needed a name.  Kaben Kafo is a djembe ensemble comprised of some of Chicago’s most studied and gifted djembe/dunun professionals, getting together to breathe deeply with the intricacies, complexities and depth that is part of the deeper recesses of djembe music.

Members of the current ensemble include Taylor (djembe/dununs/flute), Kris Sanders (djembe/dununs), Eric Thomas (djembe/dununs) and(not pictured on vieo) – Jason ‘Wolfy’ Wolf (dununs), Andrew Ebert (djembe/dununs), Greg Lundberg (dununs/djembe) and, when the drum-planets align, sometimes we have some extra special guests – Master Drummer Alysco Diabate, Master Drummer Madou Dembele.

click here for debut YouTube video of Kaben Kafö (“let’s play together”)

click here for the full Channel 7 segment on Great Performers of Illinois 2008, featuring Kaben Kafo performing live in-studio at Channel 7 news (where the pic below was taken)

From left to right Taylor, Wolfy, Andrew and Eric at live TV promo for Great Performers of Illinois 2008 (click the picture for a ‘performance-only’ edit from the Channel 7 segment)