Join us in store for the Sakae Drums 2016 Tour with Jonathan Joseph and special guest Frankie Tontoh!

Wembley Music Centre - Sakae Tour


Join us on Thursday March 3rd 2016 for the Sakae Drums 2016 Tour featuring the drumming prowess of Jonathan Joseph and Special Guest Frankie Tontoh!

Jonathan Joseph (Jeff Beck, Joss Stone) will be demonstrating a selection of the hit songs he's played on over the years and showcasing Sakae's flagship Celestial drum kit. Jonathan will also be demonstrating and discussing his new book "Exercises in African-American Funk".

Written by renowned drummer Jonathan Joseph (Jeff Beck, Joss Stone, Richard Bona) and University of Miami director of drumset studies Steve Rucker, Exercises in African-American Funk is designed to introduce musicians who’ve studied jazz, R&B, rock, soul, and blues to a concept that applies West African rhythms to various genres.

The series of exercises contained in the book guide you through a fusion of African and American elements. On the American side, we have shuffle and shuffle-funk. On the African side, we have the rhythms from Cameroon known as mangambe and bikutsi. Mastering these exercises will strengthen your groove, provide you with an understanding of the three-against-four polyrhythm, give you an awareness of the second partial of the triplet, and introduce you to a fresh new way to hear and feel music.

Jonathan is currently drumming for Jeff Beck and has played for artists including Joss Stone, Alexander O'Neal, Al Jarreau, Mike Stern, Bill Evans, Pat Metheny, Ricky MArtin and many many more.

Frankie Tontoh (Brother Strut, Amy Winehouse) will be performing a selection of the hits that he's played on over the years and showcasing the top-of-the-line Sakae Celestial drum kits. Sakae's newest UK endorsee has an impressive resumé. The highly charismatic drummer has a background in studio & live performance, theatre, movie soundtracks, teaching, music composition and arranging. Frankie has more than 30 years as a drummer/musical director for a wide variety of artists.

Frankie is currently drummer for Brother Strut and has played for artists including Osibisa, Gary Barlow, Al Green, Tanita Tikaram, Tasmin Archer, Aztec Camera, Level 42, Mica Paris, Jack Bruce (MD), Courtney Pine, Amy Winehouse, Beverly Knight & Joss Stone.

"It is truly an honour to be part of the Sakae family. The nature of the work I do, I need drums that are versatile in the studio and rugged for the road. For options and flexibility, Sakae’s stylish Celestial & Trilogy series offer the sound solutions for me." - Frankie Tontoh.

Wembley Music Centre - The Home of Wembley Drum Centre
Unit 8, Metro Trading Centre
Fifth Way, Wembley
0208 795 4001

Doors Open at 6:30pm
Event Begins at 7:00pm
Free Entry
Limited Free Parking