Kahlil Cummings

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Kahlil Cummings (co-music director/composer/percussionist/teaching artist) rhythmic gifts as a performer, composer and educator have led him to study in Africa, Brazil, and Cuba to broaden his knowledge and musical strength. He has played for Ballet Folclorico do Brasil, Swing Brazil, Sona Sane’, Abalaye, Inu Olorun, MILA Samba School, and Les Amazones and with artists Munyungo Jackson, Wunmi from Nigeria, and Rocky Dawuni from Ghana. Kahlil has studied percussion with Felipe Garcia, Cha' Cha, José Ricardo Sousa and Munyungo Jackson. He is most profoundly influenced by Master Drummer Mamady Keita, with whom he’s studied since age thirteen in Conakry, Guinea. Kahlil is a Professor of capoeira, which he has studied since he was six with Mestre Amen Santo of Capoeira Batuque. He teaches music to youth and adults through Rhythm Arts Alliance and with Viver Brasil through LA’s Best. Kahlil has been a member with Viver Brasil since 2010.