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Cabasa - Percussionist
Andy is a trained musician who has been playing drums and percussion professionally for over 20 years. Andy has a wealth of experience playing live percussion with DJs and bands across the UK at festivals, nightclubs, bars and private events.
Andy is available to play live percussion either alongside your chosen DJ, or solo with his own PA and backing music. He can play along with any style of music adding a live element and creating that unmistakable party atmosphere at your event. As you can see from the videos and pictures, Andy plays top of the range eye catching silver sparkle congas and can also provide lighting to add to the visual spectacle!
Over recent years Andy has worked alongside internationally renowned DJs including the godfather of UK House and Garage Grant Nelson, renown producer and DJ Richard Earnshaw, Steve Taylor (iCulture), Junior (Kinky Malinky, Citylife), Grant Richards (Kinky Malinki), Mitch Tilson & Jack Disley (SoulMuch, SoulDevine), Pete Isaac (Jelly Jazz) and a number of international DJs including Matt D and Gerardo Smedile (Italy), The Checkup (Germany).
As well as playing with DJs, Andy has also played for a number of international artists including Eddie Manion (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band), Miss Emily (Canadian singer songwriter), Shahab Tiam (Iranian pop star), Diane Shaw (UK Soul artist) and Lew Kirton (Legendary American soul singer).
Whether it's improvising alongside a DJ, playing his own self-contained solo show, or playing with bands, Andy can definitely add the wow factor to your event and deliver a slick and professional performance.
New for 2018!!!! - As well as playing acoustic percussion, Andy has also added an electronic percussion instrument to his set up which enables him to play 400 drum and percussion sounds from one unit! This is a great option for international gigs, events where parking is not available and/or space is very tight, as it is much more portable than the acoustic set up but allows him to recreate the sound of all the instrument in his acoustic set up and many more.
Live percussion alongside your chosen DJ
Live percussion with backing music (PA provided)
Cabasa percussion is able to provide a DJ and larger PA and lighting systems upon request
Compact PA for smaller venues - Hill Audio sma 1020 PA
Larger PA for bigger venues - 2x hill audio sma 1520 and 1x hill audio sma 1020
Lighting - adj mega tripar par can lights
South East based and will travel to these areas: South East, South West, Midlands, North East, North West, Wales.
Andy has worked alongside internationally renowned DJs including the godfather of UK House and Garage Grant Nelson, renown producer and DJ Richard Earnshaw, Steve Taylor (iCulture), Junior (Kinky Malinky, Citylife), Grant Richards (Kinky Malinki), Mitch Tilson & Jack Disley (SoulMuch, SoulDevine), Pete Isaac (Jelly Jazz) and a number of international DJs including Matt D and Gerardo Smedile (Italy), The Checkup (Germany).
In addition Andy has played for a number of international artists including Eddie Manion (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band), Miss Emily (Canadian singer songwriter), Shahab Tiam (Iranian pop star), Diane Shaw (UK Soul artist) and Lew Kirton (Legendary American soul singer).
As well as hundreds of private functions he has also appeared at;
Royal William Yard Festival
International Equestrian gala dinner
Silverstone race circuit
AJ bell stadium
Numerous, restaurants, bars and clubs
Adam Cox (Wedding) 10/10
I couldn't recommend Andy more highly. We booked Andy for our wedding, to accompany a DJ and play along with various genres of music. He just added a whole new level to the occasion which set the night off perfectly. Completely professional and accommodating from booking, through the wedding and even afterwards. A genuinely lovely guy, who always has a smile on his face and it is clear he loves his work. I would book him again in a heartbeat, for any occasion, and probably will in the future!
Lloyd Moncur (BBQ/Evening DJ) 10/10
I thought Andy did an excellent job from start to finish. Andy was incredibly professional. As soon as I sent a booking request email he was straight back to me with confirmations, fees and hours. Nothing was too much trouble including asking him to play a little bit longer because the guests were enjoying it so much! I will definitely be using again and would recommend him without hesitation.
Lynne C (Joint 50/60 birthday bash) 10/10
Andy was exactly what we'd hoped. He did his prep, checked the sort of music we liked and the mood we wanted to create (chilled, happy and fun). And on the night he got it bang on, adding to the mood and enjoyment of the party without trying to be the total centre of attention, like some DJs do. Don't get me wrong, he's great to watch and we all did for a lot of the time, but you could also just enjoy the sound and chat and chill. The crowd was mostly late 40s - 50s in age, but there were some younger and some older and there was a tune for everyone. Andy is very professional, arrived and set up quickly with little fuss - very self contained. He interacted with our guests really well. He's a mighty fine percussionist - we had forgotten we had two professional musicians amongst our friends and they were very impressed. I would happily book him again (although I don't want another birthday with a nought on it for a while so I need to find a different reason for a party).
Julie Newell (Private party and after dinner entertainment ) 10/10
Andy entertained my guests at my 60th birthday party and also as after dinner entertainment at an event I held earlier in the year . The music , energy and novelty of having a percussionist went down exceptionally well , excellent value for money and he covers a wide range of music , something to cover all tastes ! Adds something special to any event or party, I would highly recommend Andy to anyone, thanks for making my party special!
Sarah (International Equestrian competition gala dinner) 10/10
Andy played after the gala dinner at an International Equestrian competition in Rugby this summer and he was fantastic! He got everyone up dancing, the song choices were perfect for audience and everyone had a great time. We can highly recommend him and we will be booking him again for future events. Sarah – event organiser
Becci Wynn (Aura Bar & Lounge) 10/10
Andy performed for us at our Mardis Gras event, and to say it was a success would be an understatement. From start to finish he was fantastic, he set up quickly and efficiently and was ready to perform straight away. The crowd absolutely loved his music as his bongos brought something completely different to our event. I would definitely use him again in the future.
Junior (City Life / iCulture / Kinky Malinki ) 10/10;
I've had the pleasure of playing alongside Andy on numerous occasions throughout the UK and it's always a pleasure. He is immensely talented, with a full range of kit & tricks up his sleeve. As a Soulful & Deep House DJ that loves to interact with live musicians it's great to work with him & test his skills with impromptu live solos whilst I'm playing. He's also a great guy as well!
DJBluemark (Wedding DJ and events company) 10/10
I absolutely love working alongside Andrew - he is passionate about music and events and also allows my bride and grooms to have pictures taken of them using the kit. We have worked together at 18th through to weddings and it is always so much fun if you want live entertainment with a difference then he is the man.
The St. George & Dragon, Wargrave 10/10
Andy was fantastic and the music was perfect for our event. We are definitely saving Andy's details to get him back to perform next summer.
Professional, entertaining, experienced and versatile percussionist
Eye catching silver sparkle congas and lighting to add to the visual spectacle!
Available to play live percussion either alongside your chosen DJ, or solo with his own PA and backi
The price brackets above should be used as a guide only as all quotes are bespoke.
Performance times for most acts except Tributes and some other Unique performers are usually 2 x 60 minute sets or 3 x 40 min sets.
(If you require the act to perform longer than these times you may incur extra costs.)
Travel costs vary depending on the act and will be included to the quote given to you by our agents.
Our acts would usually expect to arrive around 6pm and to be finished around midnight.
(If you need the act to arrive earlier or finish later there may be extra costs but these can be negotiated.)