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YUSSEF DAYES is a tour-de-force behind the drums. Widely recognized as one of the most electrifying live performers of his generation, watching the South London-raised producer, composer, and drummer perform is an exhilarating combo of technical prowess, intensity and emotion – leaving audiences in no doubt as to the role of rhythm in channeling spiritual energy.
Yussef grew up with three brothers in a home where musical experimentation was fully embraced. He was drumming by age four, tutored by Miles Davis’ drummer, Billy Cobham, aged ten. He quickly developed an ear for various musical styles, from the influence of East/West African rhythms and its journey through the Caribbean and South America to the sound system-heavy impact of grime and jungle. With its intertwining sonic language, that music is the building block of his philosophy around jazz as a form of black classical music. While still only in his pre-teens, he joined his two brothers – Ahmad and Kareem – and saxophonist Wayne Francis (aka Ahnanse) in the Afrocentric quartet United Vibrations.