Baba Duru Demetrius
Baba Duru Demetrius is an accomplished percussionist with over 40 years of experience. He has performed and recorded with such pop and jazz greats as Michael White, Joe Henderson, John Handy, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, the Headhunters, the Pyramids, and numerous Bay Area groups. He studied tabla drums in India with Kanai Dutta for two years and has trained with several music masters from the African Diaspora. He is a founding member of several dance troupes: C.K. Ladzepko's African Music and Dance Ensemble; Zak Diouf's Diamond de Coura; Jose Lorenzo's Batuchache; and Malonga Casquelord's Fua de Congo. Duru is a passionate student who has mastered percussion techniques from Africa, India, Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, and the Middle East. For over 25 years he has taught music in both grade schools and universities throughout California. As a composer, he has created music for choreographers of Modern, Ballet, Jazz and world folkloric traditions. Currently, He lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children.