Message 101-Getting Out of Darkness
Kofo The Wonderman (Master Drummer, Composer, Lead Singer and Bandleader) blends traditional African singing and drumming with Afro-funk flavour. His Exceptionally diverse CD 'PROOF,' issued and distributed by Sunmak Music Inc., supercedes expectation. The Wonderman's infectious beat, led by the voice of the talking drum, as well as his own vocals, has been igniting dance floors and inspiring audiences in the New York club scene since he formed his band; 'The Daylight Stars'. Kofo's stage name 'The Wonderman' reflects his creative skill and ability to master the 'Talking Drum'. The 'Talking Drum' is the only percussion instrument that can speak words as accurately as the human tongue. Hailing from a family of traditional Nigerian singers and drummers, Kofo inherited a priceless gift. For his very first performance, at the age of four, he was told to 'pick up a drum and follow.' The rest is history. 'The Wonderman' formed the ethnically diverse Daylight Stars in 1999 to create a spicy medley of world and popular music. His reputation and sound established a funky groove with trap drums and bass, introducing jazz riffs with the sax and rock licks with the guitar. The group includes keyboard, backup vocalists, dancers, percussion, conga, and the 'Talking Drum'. His live performance could only be described as 'hot' and are known to mesmerize audiences of all ages and ethnicities with a hypnotizing effect. • Playing with one of Nigeria's most popular Juju bands, Admiral Dele Abiodun's Top Hitters • Performing high life and jazz music as a member of Nigeria's Air Force Band • Coming to the U.S. in 1990 to perform and tour with Majek Fashek and The Prisoners of Conscience • An extended run performing and recording with percussion legend Babatunde Olatunji and his Drums of Passion. Kofo has also toured with Tracy Chapman, Burning Spear, and Jimmy Cliff, and appeared as a guest artist on The David Letterman Show. He teaches 'Talking Drum' and African Dance at the World Rhythm Center in New York, as well as New York Schools. This internationally renowned artist is among the most elite in the business. .