Sikiru Adepoju and Heart Beat
Sikiru Adepoju & Heart Beat is an incredible assembly of global talent in the tradition of Planet Drum. Sikiru, a veteran of Babatunde Olatunji’s Drums of Passion, has combined members of his 2003 band Afrika Heartbeat and other premier artists to form this more universal ensemble, including steel drum & djembe artist Douglas “Val” Serrant (featured on Airto Moreira’s album Life After That, guitarist Peter Fujii (from the classic Pharoah Sanders album Rejoice!), percussionist Deen Badarou (from What Will Tomorrow Bring by Femi Kuti), trap drummer Deszon X. Claiborne (from the Don Cherry album Multikulti) and DJ Deegan Mack Adams, engineer for Infinite Studios (Turf Talk - West Coast Vaccine by The Cure). Sikiru himself has played with just about every Mickey Hart project since 1990, including the Grammy-winning albums Planet Drum (1990) and Global Drum Project (2008). He’s recorded with Stevie Wonder (Jungle Fever, 1991), Muruga Booker & Babatunde Olatunji (Circle of Drums, 2005), Airto Moreira (Life After That, 2003), and the String Cheese Incident (On the Road, 2004), among many others.