Ekendra Das is a multi-percussionist and drummer who as a young person had the opportunity to jam with musicians like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie and others at the Blue Cornet, a nightclub in New York that was managed by his father. His uncle, a famous Katherine Dunham dancer, arranged Ekendra’s first professional recording, which was with Harry Belafonte. The spark was lit, and music and drumming became a huge part of Ekendra’s life.
After living overseas, Ekendra began a renewed music career after returning to the US. His first performance and recording gigs were with Fertile Ground, David Bach, Raheem Davaughn, Mary Ann Redmond, Imani, Tim Eyerman, Caje, Mosaic, Bottomland, Amikaelya, Anthony David, The D.C. Mass Choir, Havana Select, Frank Macomb, Brian Culbertson, Marcus Johnson Project, Al Williams, Scott Ambush, Julie Dexter and others including international artists Chucho Valdes, Susana Baca, Marixtrell, Armand Ntep, Rashik Priya, Los Munoquitos, Filipe Villamil and Emekeke.
Ekendra considers a career highlight to be a performance with legendary Celia Cruz. The 2010 release of his first solo recording, Ethnomusicology is also one of his favorite projects. Live performance, studio, clinics, music production, slong with film scores, gives Ekendra plenty of opportunities to use his LP gear.