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Michael J. Taylor

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Performance
  • 773-325-8241

Michael J. Taylor, more commonly known simply as 'Taylor', has been teaching, performing, repairing and recording West African percussion since 1994. The Director of the Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy - Chicago school of percussion, a Tam Tam Mandingue Djembe Academy Senior Instructor and  the founder and driving force behind Holy Goat Percussion, he teaches, perfo​rms, imports, sells and repairs West African drums.  He has traveled to Guinea, West Africa 6 times to study djembe, and has done performance and/or teaching tours in China, Japan, Guinea, Brazil and Mexico so far.  He has performed and/or taught with Grand Master Drummer Mamady Keita in China, Japan, Guinea and Mexico as of 2017.

His specialties are the djembe and dunun, but he plays a wide assortment of other drums including bugaraboo, congas, frame drum, bongos, and doumbek.

Taylor has studied with a number of djembe/dunun luminaries, among them:  Grand Master Mamady Keita, Grand Master Famoudou Konate, Grand Master Drummer Bolokada Conde, Master Drummer Madou Dembele, Master Drummer Michael Markus, Master M'Bemba Bangoura, Master Moussa Traore, Yaya Kabo, Master Gbanworo Keita, Master Laurent Camara, Master Abdoul Doumbia, Minto Camara, Arthur Hull, Yaya Diallo, and Jahamen Mobley.​ ​​​