Artist Profiles: Tony Vacca

Tony Vacca is an innovative percussionist composer and producer. Over the course of his career he has made a habit of pushing the already adventurous conventions of World Music into new territory both as a soloist and as the leader of his World Rhythms Ensemble.

He has recorded and/or performed with a wide range of musicians. These include pop icon Sting, Senegalese Afro-pop star Baaba Maal, jazz trumpeter and world music legend Don Cherry, poet Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets, Massamba Diop, Senegalese master of the tama (talking drum) and Senegalese hip-hop stars Gokh-bi System. His solo performances are a nearly non-stop athletic spectacle of percussion music and spoken word incorporating an amazing array of gongs giant African xylophones and various hand drums.

He is a member of world fusion band Impulse Ensemble

Discography:

Rhythm Mission (1998)

Rhythm Griots, with Massamba Diop (1999)

Message From Home …Suma Deuk Waay, with Gokh-bi System (2001)

Zen Rant (2002)

Senegal-America Project, with The Senegal-America Project musicians (2006)

Rhythm and Flow (2008)

Initiation, with Impulse Ensemble (IE Records 2010)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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