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Welcome to Simon’s website for music, drums and percussion. You’ll find drums and percussion loops, albums and singles plus information about his studio work and songwriting. Please feel free to contact him!
Chaka Chouka album “Sharka”
Simon’s latest project has been writing the music for the “Chaka Chouka” album “Sharka“. With Haji Mike, Bernard O’neill and Mouna Eddrou, it combines reggae, Moroccan music and funk. The album is now out and you can listen to it and purchase it here.
Tracks from the album are hitting the airways in Jamaica, BBC Radio 5 Live and the reggae section of La Grosse Radio in France.
Simon wrote the music and recorded the guitar, melodica, drums and percussion (as well as Mouna’s vocals) in his studio in Meknès, Morocco during the first lockdown in 2020.
The album is a true reflection of the time it was created. Because of the lockdown, it was recorded in three different studios in three different countries. Dub poet Haji Mike’s socially engaged lyrics and Mouna’s spiritual, Sufi-inspired singing transport the listener to the hopes and fears of the time.
Chaka Chouka are delighted to be able to propose an Eccodek re-mix of their acoustic track “Sharka” by the Juno nominated musician and producer Andrew McPherson. This fantastic re-mix will be available for FREE when purchasing the whole Sharka album but you can listen to an extract here:
Simon will send you a copy of the re-mix as soon as you purchase the Chaka Chouka album. Be careful not to miss out!
WHAT SIMON OFFERS
Drums and percussion
Simon has a unique range of percussion and drum kit skills. He is fluent in North African, Latin and Middle Eastern rhythms in addition to most popular western styles.
He has adapted hand percussion techniques to drum kit giving him his own style and sound on both percussion and drum kit.
With top World Music artists such as Natacha Atlas, Yasmin Levy and Abdullah Chhadeh, he has toured the world and played major venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. To know more about this click here.
Other professional gigs include a long standing show business contract in the UK, running his own latin jazz band and over 20 years teaching percussion and music therapy workshops.
At the moment he is working on the new “Syriana” album “Syriana 1325” based in Morocco.
Watch this space for the latest news on these exciting new projects.
If you are a singer / guitarist / musician / song-writer who like to use this track in your own production or to publish to TV/Radio or digital stores like Amazon, iTunes or Spotify please contact Simon.
Listen to the “Funky Rai” drums and percussion track using Simon’s loops and fills:
Listen to more chilled “Gnaoua Hip Hop” drums and percussion track using Simon’s loops and fills:
Studio and loops library
Combining both this wide range of influences and capacities in the recording studio, Simon has released a series of royalty-free percussion and drum loops.
There are some FREE SAMPLES AND LOOPS for download here.
Please feel free to listen and download.
He also has a recording studio in Meknès, Morocco, Tarboush Studios and is available for recording drums and percussion tracks as well as in-house recording projects.
Songwriting and songs
A few years ago Simon started writing his own material.
His original material evokes the breadth of his musical knowledge, experience and influences. He has released his first album “Threads” that pulls together the songs he has recorded over the last few years and is in the process of writing his second album.
“Climate Carioca” is a samba inspired dance music track.
“Tabla solo for oriental/ belly dance” is a percussion track with versions of both wav and mp3 files.
Online teaching and lessons
Like a lot of musicians at the moment, Simon is offering online lessons for percussion. Although not ideal, Simon is able to use his many years of teaching experience to make these lessons work. Click here to contact Simon about the lessons even if it’s just out of curiosity!
Moroccan music, cookery courses and holidays
Music workshops in Meknès, Morocco
Like most aspects of Moroccan culture, the music reflects the eclectic mix of Berber, Middle Eastern, Saharan, West African and European influences.
As well as offering workshops and lessons on Moroccan rhythms, Simon can use his extensive network of contacts with Moroccan musicians to connect you with whatever style or instrument you want to study.
There is the possibility of in-house accommodation and full board as well as extended stays or just come for a lesson!
Cookery workshops in Meknès, Morocco
While running a successful guesthouse in Meknès for over 11 years, Mouna’s cooking and cookery courses consistently received rave reviews.
She combines the traditional Moroccan cooking she learnt from her mother with French and Indian influences to create her own original style.
Her courses include a wide range of recipes and techniques and an in-depth look at the wide variety of spices and herbs used in Moroccan dishes.
The possibilities and options for these courses are numerous so please contact Simon for details, even if just through curiosity!
Holidays in Morocco
Simon and Mouna run a traditional riad guest house in Meknès, Morocco and if you are interested in visiting Morocco, contact Simon through this website. Not only will he be able to offer great deals on staying in the riad but also help you organise your stay in Meknès and Morocco.