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Orlando Morales Singer, guitartist, songwriter and drummer Orlando Morales was born was born into a family of musicians in Laredo, Texas on April 1950. His musical family included guitarists, pianists, saxophonists and singers. Mostly self-taught, Orlando spent his pre-teen years listening and learning from the Neito family who had a family restaurant in Monroe, MI. He often spent late-night hours listening to their music. Orlando began his professional career as a drummer and singer with the 'Haymarket Riot' band in the '60's. They released one album and a 45 rpm 'A Sunny Day Song/Leaving'. Subsequently, he had some formal training at Thos. Jefferson College in Allendale MI, where he fondly remembers learning 'veena'and 'konokol', the vocalization of rhythms from Southern India, as taught by Rangaramanuja Ayyangar. Rangaramaruja Ayyansar and the Carnatic Music Ensemble Later, he became the konokolist in a quartet performing at universities in the Southern Michigan area. He was a guitarist, percussionist and singer in 1970-1972 with 'The Full Moon Orchestra' who played in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and Georgia. Later, in 1984, he joined Kermit Maxwell and James Schneider as the drummer in the James Schneider trio, who were active in Atlanta, and from '87-'90, he played drums in LeScott's 'Jazz Opera'. Additionally, he can be heard on the recording of 'Bill Evan's Memorial Songbook', an independent production by 'Evolving Arts'. Haymarket Riot Orlando performed as a singer, guitarist and drummer with 'Saffron Moon' in 1993, a sextet which toured North American cities on a concert tour to benefit the African Relief Fund. From 1973 to 2005, he has been a regular performer at the yoga gatherings of Ananda Marga in Willow Springs, MO. Since 1979, Orlando has produced eight solo albums. He also appeared as a drummer on two other albums: 'Vestido de Luna' and 'Bill Evans' Memorial Songbook'. Currently, he resides in Efland, NC, where is is active in the community. He owns a store, the 'Native Threads' on Ninth Street in Durham NC.