The powerfully percussive playlist here features old school & underground Hip-Hop, Hard Bop, classic Funk, current Funk, Afrobeat, Salsa, Latin Jazz & Funk, and a killer, 1970s Brazilian groove. Also, check out some heavy drum action videos…
Listen to the funkiest drummers from around the world in this Spotify playlist…
Potent Percussion & Dope Drumming
From Mother Africa
Then, Stanton Moore & Cyril Neville’s, “The Beat,” tells the tale of African music’s birth, and travel to New Orleans in the form of percussive poetry.
Afrobeat & Jazz Unite
Givin’ The Drummer Some
Watch a creative video & listen to “Give The Drummer Some”…
The Portland Platypus
Everyone’s Favorite Rock Drummer
The Latin Drummers
Luisito Quintero plays timbales in Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and collaborates with Louie Vega on groovy side projects, like this “Yemaya” groovy vibe.
Of course, Jungle Fire is today’s heaviest, Latin Funk ensemble. Michael Duffy, Steve Haney, and Alberto Lopez provide the percussion powerhouse, while Sam Halterman works the drum kit. “Village Hustle” from their Tropicoso album shows off their potent, percussion-heavy Funk grooves.
Cándido Camero, is a prolific Cuban conga and bongo player who’s still going strong at 96 years young! He is the first player to develop techniques to play multiple conga drums, coordinated independence and the use of multiple percussion, one player playing a variety of percussion instruments simultaneously. Therefore, he gets the moniker, “Thousand Finger Man.”
Ray Barretto shows off his “Manos Duras” on one of the greatest hits of Fania Records.
Roberto Roena is a Salsa music percussionist, orchestra leader, and dancer. Roena was one of the original members of El Gran Combo. He later became the leader of his own band, “Roberto Roena y Su Apollo Sound”. Roena was a long-time member of the Fania All Stars, a Salsa supergroup that has enjoyed worldwide success since the 1970s. “Que Se Sepa” is one of Apollo Sound’s funkiest Salsa tunes, and of course features dope drumming.
I’m grateful I got to see legendary timbalero, Tito Puente, live once at the Hollywood, FL Latin Festival. Listen to “Para Los Rumberos” in this Spotify playlist. Santana covered it, but “El Rey del Timbal” played it like no one else.
Mongo Santería comes in with a monster, 1970s Latin Funk jam — “Funk Up”. Mongo Santamaría was one of a handful of Cuban congueros who came to the United States in the 1940s and 1950s. Other notable congueros who came to the U.S. during that time include Armando Peraza, Chano Pozo, and Francisco Aguabella. Many consider Santamaría to have been the greatest conga drummer of the twentieth century.
Francisco Aguabella gives us some “Funky Cha” — a dope, syncopated, funky Latin Jazz joint.
Mongo Santamaría protege, Willie Bobo, made one of my favorite Latin Funk tunes of all time — “Broasted or Fried.”
His son, Eric Bobo, played with the Beastie Boys & Cypress Hill. He teams up with Beastie’s keyboardist, Money Mark, for a modern Funk jam (w/ Hip-Hop scratching) — “Follow Me.”
Brazilian drummer, Dom Um Romao, gets shout out in “Give The Drummer Some,” so he appears with 1970s Brazilian Funk jam, “Kitchen (Cosinha)”.
Funky English Blokes
The New Mastersounds get into this Spotify playlist twice because “The Tin Drum” is a Funk jam with a Boogaloo beat that fits in with the Latin Jazz section. And, “Drop It Down” lets New Mastersounds drummer, Simon Allen, show off his chops.
New Orleans Home Of The Funk
Stanton Moore appears again with his band, Galactic. On “Go Go” he really struts his New Orleans Funk chops, and rocks the rhythm on one of their dopest older tunes.
THE Soul Drummer
Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, the world’s most recorded drummer, recorded Soul Drums in 1968 as a band leader and it gives us the title track in this Spotify playlist. Rolling Stone has him listed as the 20th greatest drummer of all-time.
Purdie is known as a groove drummer with immaculate timing and makes use of precision half note, backbeats, and grooves. Purdie’s signature sixteenth note hi-hat lick pish-ship, pish-ship, pish-ship is distinct. He often employs a straight eight groove sometimes fusing several influences such as swing, blues and funk. He created the now well-known drum pattern Purdie Half-Time Shuffle that is a Blues shuffle variation with the addition of syncopated ghost notes on the snare drum. Variations on this shuffle can be heard on songs such as Led Zeppelin’s “Fool in the Rain”.
The Original Funky Drummer
Clyde Stubblefield has a great story about how he hates the song “Funky Drummer.” Oddly enough, that was the worst selling single ever for James Brown. He made Clyde & the band go into the studio to record after midnight once in Cincinnati. Mr. Brown said he had an idea, but Clyde was mad & tired.
He just played a simple rhythm, which became “Funky Drummer.” No one paid any attention to that song until Hip-Hop DJs in the 80s resurrected it for its break.
Ready To Build, Uplift, Get Swift
Now the Hip-Hop band that most famously sampled “Funky Drummer” — Kool Keith & Ultramagnetic MCs — with their hella dope Hip-Hop classic, “Give The Drummer Some.”
The Drummer’s Gettin’ Some
To close out our Spotify playlist dedicated to the funkiest drummers, San Diego super-group, Greyboy Allstars “Give The Drummer Some More” because the drummer ain’t had none in a long time.
Watch Hip-Hop drummer extraordinaire, Questlove, of The Roots jam out at North Sea Jazz Festival…