Creole Drummatix Musicians

Walter MacLean

Walter began performing in musical ensembles at the age of twelve in his native country, Germany. After deciding to turn professional in his teens, Mr. MacLean toured Europe and Africa before migrating to Toronto, Canada in 1994. Currently, Mr. MacLean is performing with the John T. Davis Quartet, Show-Do Man and the Parabolic Brazilian Group. Walter is a member of the Creole Drummatix, which operates as the musical ensemble of the company.


Richard Cumberbatch

A native of Trinidad, Mr. Cumberbatch (a.k.a. Popcorn) has been playing Afro-Caribbean drums and percussion for over twenty years. Since coming to Toronto, Richard has played widely in Canada and the United States for choirs, dance groups, poets and Caribbean folk arts groups in television, radio, and live performances. Besides drumming, "Popcorn" has musical experience on the keyboard, steelpan, guitar and vocals. He is also an accomplished drum and props maker.



Hudson Forde

Hudson is a founding member of Ballet Creole and has been playing drums since the age of five. He performed in Best Village in his native country Trinidad and has traveled extensively throughout the world acquiring gainful experience. He is currently with a dance group called Caribbean Folk Performers. Mr. Forde has been teaching drumming since 1985. Hudson's love of performance has put him in touch with dynamic groups of people in his life.



Derek Thorne

Derek was born and raised in Trinidad. In a twist of irony, however, he was introduced to Caribbean and African percussion only when he moved to Montreal at age 20. While studying English at McGill he became a founding member of Keteke, and learned Cuban drumming from Glen Clark and Vôvô, founder of Montreal Jazz Festival regulars Saroumbon. After graduating he came to Toronto, joining Ballet Creole in 1999 and Canboulay Dance Theatre in 2000. In 2001 he joined gospel/jazz fusion band ZOMA, where he sees his role as "rooting the band's New York/L.A. sound in the dirt of the tropics, where it originated in the first place".



Mikhail Parson

Mikhail is a musician in the making as a third-generation member of performing families. He started playing the drums from the age of one and a half, following his father, Patrick, to dance rehearsals at the Astor Johnson Repertory Dance Theatre in Trinidad. He has a love for music and has taken drum classes with his father at the Afro-Caribbean Dance Program and with Ballet Creole. Mikhail also plays Steel Pan and currently plays in and around Toronto with Afro-Pan.

 


N’dere Headley-Lindsay

N’deré Nimon was born in Toronto Canada, the only child of two artists and the youngest member of a professional performance collective. N’deré received an Arts-packed education in both music and dance on a daily basis from as early as he can remember. He has studied with Master musicians from all over the globe including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North/South America, and various Caribbean Islands. N’deré furthered his musical education by attending both the Claude Watson School for the Arts & Etobicoke School of the Arts where he gained a greater appreciation for the complex language that is music in styles such as Classical, Jazz, Folk music, Choral/Vocal etc. All the while hearing the sounds of his surroundings armed with a combined knowledge of the origins and developments of music N’dere still wished to expand his possibilities as a musician. After a period of self teaching, a few projects with artists in both music and self composed dance productions N’deré decided to pursue a new path in Musical Production and Composition. Later he attended the Trebas Institute for Entertainment Arts where he received a Diploma in Audio Engineering/Dj Arts. N’deré still loves to perform live when the time allows as the drum will always be his first passion and was the seeding of all that he has been and will be able to achieve.


Allan Ramsarran is a native of Guyana. He began his musical career in 1989 as a student of North Albion Collegiate Institute.  He has played with many of Toronto’s Steelband Orchestras, performing in Ontario, and parts of Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Allan became an active member of Ballet Creole musical ensemble (The Creole Drummatix) in March of 1993. As a performer he specializes on the Double-second Steel Pan and Afro-Caribbean drums and percussion. He also is a professional dancer to West Indian Chutney and Tassa music. He is also involved in the Public Relations department of Ballet Creole.  Alongside his musical talents Allan is a Flight Attendant, a Professional Model, and has started his own skincare line ‘Butta Me Up Skincare Essentials’.Allan Ramsarran

Allan Ramsarran is a native of Guyana. He began his musical career in 1989 as a student of North Albion Collegiate Institute.  He has played with many of Toronto’s Steelband Orchestras, performing in Ontario, and parts of Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Allan became an active member of Ballet Creole musical ensemble (The Creole Drummatix) in March of 1993. As a performer he specializes on the Double-second Steel Pan and Afro-Caribbean drums and percussion. He also is a professional dancer to West Indian Chutney and Tassa music. He is also involved in the Public Relations department of Ballet Creole.  Alongside his musical talents Allan is a Flight Attendant, a Professional Model, and has started his own skincare line ‘Butta Me Up Skincare Essentials’.

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