Jamiroquai percussionist Sola Akingbola has recently released a album of percussion called "Routes to Roots: Yoruba Drums from Nigeria".
"Yoruba folk music is renowned for its advanced drumming. Although there are a plethora of drums the music is based mainly around the use of hourglass-shaped tension drums or dundun. It is this music that forms the basis of the West-African influence in diasporic musical styles typical of Latin America, the Caribbean and especially Cuba. The iyaalu is the lead drum used in a drumming ensemble; it is made to ‘talk’ in such a way that the sound of Yoruba, which is a tonal language, is skillfully imitated."
More information about the album can be found at the ARC Music website.
In addition to the ARC website, the album is available now to download from iTunes UK (and other international iTunes music stores). The physical CD can be ordered from stores including ARC Music, Amazon.co.uk and HMV.com, where it has an official UK release date of 19 November.