The Oduduwa Talking Drummers are a well established multi-cultural troupe formed by Ayan De First, popularly known as Mr Culture, who present authentic Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa music from Nigeria and music, culture and heritage from other African countries such as Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Congo etc.
This multitalented troupe have broken records in more ways than one, with their enchanting style of entertainment. They are the first African talking drum troupe to perform for HRM Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family in 2002 for the Queen's golden jubilee. They have also performed for HRH Prince Charles on two occasions - at St. James's Palace and during the cultural day event in Croydon. They have also played at top venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Nigerian High Commission London, Somerset House, Apothecaries Hall and many more. Their list of high profile clientele include former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo. Abdulsallam Abubakar, The Ooni of Ife, The Alaafin of Oyo, The Oba of Lagos, music icon Madonna, Harriet Harman QC, Sir Richard Branson, Jeremy Corbyn MP, and many others.
In keeping with promoting their cultural heritage, Oduduwa Talking Drummers have worked with more than 500 community and private schools all across the UK, teaching the next generation how to play the talking drum and also about contemporary African art. Their principle lead, Ayan De First, has also featured in some theatre productions like Iyalode of Eti directed by Moji Kareem Elufowoju, Tickets and Ties, and the The Secrets of Baba Segi's Wives directed by Femi Elufowoju.
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