Leon Mobley, global djembe icon and spokesperson for the power of the drum, completes his MIMA tour of Southern Africa. Use the arrows next to the countries listed above or click on video thumbnails below to scroll through videos.
MIMA Music, Inc. is a US-based educational nonprofit organization that uses music improvisation to engage and enrich communities around the world. MIMA Media tells the stories of traveling musicians in the form of 1-minute videos that are filmed, edited and shared every day.
The US Department of State is the principal sponsor of the MIMA Africa Tour in Namibia, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, featuring the drumming icon Leon Mobley. Daily programs include music workshops for at-risk youth, evening performances at regional music festivals, public master classes and recording sessions with adults, professional musicians and university students. The goal of Living Rhythms is to leave behind self-sustaining Rhythm Clubs. Christoph A. Geiseler's daily videos capture the beauty of local musical cultures in Africa and will inspire an interactive conversation online.
Mr. Leon Mobley began playing African drums in 1967, studying for 10 years under the tutelage of seminal Nigerian master drummer Babatunde Olatunji. Following an early career as a child actor on the PBS show, Zoom, Mr. Mobley studied under the directorship of Senegalese master drummer Ibrahim Camara (former drummer for the National Ballet of Senegal). He has succeeded in bringing African drumming into contemporary mainstream music and has performed and recorded with many major artists in all genres. Among the many artists Mr. Mobley has worked with are: Ben Harper, The Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Mick Jagger, Quincy Jones, Santana, Michael Jackson, Macy Gray, Trevor Hall, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Blind Boys of Alabama, Damian Marley, Jason Mraz, Madonna, The Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Govt Mule, and more.