Nana Kimati Dinizulu first heard the sound of the drums in his mother's womb. Those echoes were the drums of his father. For several generations, the Dinizulu family has been involved in music. Mr. Dinizulu's father, the late Nana Yao Opare Dinizulu was a world renowned African drummer. His mother, Alice Dinizulu, was a principle dancer for Asadata Dafora's Dance Company which was the first dance company to put African dance, song and music on the Broadway stage in the United States of America from the 1930's to the 1950's.
In order to gain a deeper understanding of African tradition and culture, Dinizulu has traveled to Africa over 30 times to study with master drummers in Ghana as well as elders of the Fanti people, the master drummers whose tutelage proved invaluable in his development as a leading practitioner of African drumming. Apart from this, Komati has studied extensively with Haitian master drummers, and has a firm understanding of various forms of traditional music from Brazil, Jamaica, Togo and many others regions.
Today, Mr. Dinizulu is one of the leading percussionists in the world. He has worked and performed with many great artists such as Toni Morrison, Alvin Ailey, and Eartha Kitt. Additionally, he has also assembled a group of the finest musicians from around the world, called the Kotoko Society with whom he composes and performs regularly.
Whether performing for dignitaries, patrons, students or children, the high-spirited music of Mr. Dinizulu is always completely infectious. His presence, positioned over his eight-foot carved drum with numerous other instruments hanging off of his body is one of the most fascinating images in contemporary music.