ELLI MBONDA

Elli was born into our company, learning to beat the drum before he could walk, with Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, growing up in the studio. He is the most recent “memory” of the company, having played with the great drum-masters. This has helped him perfect his own style and drumbeat. Elli has already participated in several shows across the globe and conducted percussion workshops for young people across Canada. He has been playing for African dance classes and performing here and abroad for many years. He recently formed his own Afro-jazz group Jazzamboka and continues to be the regular percussionist for several well-known Montreal bands. Jazzamboka won the Stingray Award for Best Music Composition at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2017.