- African Percussion
Photo credit: © Bob
Neil Clarke has been a student of percussion for more than thirty-five
years. Having traveled extensively, Clarke has had the opportunity to
study and collaborate with masters worldwide. His skill has taken
him to North, West and South Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe,
Asia, the South Pacific and a majority of the United States.
Regardless of where or what the musical genre: folkloric, jazz, popular,
rhythm and blues, gospel or classical he is equally at home. Clarke has
had longstanding performing, touring and recording relationships with many
In addition to Randy Weston, he has worked with such artists include Harry
Belafonte, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Miriam Makeba,
Letta Mbulu, Carlos Garnet, Paul Winter, the Spirit Ensemble, Tulivu Donna
Cumberbatch, the late Noel Pointer, the late Arthur Prysock, the Alvin
Ailey American Dance Theater, the International African American Ballet,
and many others.
Clarke also had the opportunity to perform in the Broadway production of
Timbuktu and in the feature film Beat Street, Over the span of his career,
Clarke has made numerous television appearances on both network and cable
presentations with many of the artists mentioned earlier.