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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


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)