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Ricky Burkhead

P.O. Box 302
University, MS 38677

Burkhead has a performance background in many musical styles and instruments. His musical training began at age 12 and has been a life-long process. His performing experience is extensive and covers musical styles including African, Caribbean, Latin American, R & B, Urban, and various world music styles. He can perform a variety of programs including Caribbean culture that is a lecture/performance/history of the steel drum; West African culture that covers the history/ performance of the Djembe and Kalimba; or a solo percussion recital featuring (marimba, vibraphone, drumset and a variety of orchestral and ethic percussion instruments). His workshop/master class/lectures are informative and audience friendly. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate in African, Caribbean and American songs, music and dance. Burkhead formed the first steel drum band in the state of Mississippi while teaching at Mississippi Valley State University in 1986. All instruments and sound equipment are provided for each performance. He dresses in costumes that are typical of each country or region he lectures about.

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