What Simon Plays

What Simon Plays

Songwriting

Guitar and vocals.

Western drum kit

Styles:
Funk, rock, pop, blues/blues rock, hip hop, jazz.

Fusion percussion and drums

Drum kit and various percussion set-ups for rock, pop, blues, funk and jazz. A mixture of hand drums and small percussion adapted from the  styles below to Western styles of music.

Styles:
Funk, rock, pop, hip hop, jazz, latin jazz.

North Africa

Instruments:
Darbouka, req, bendir, karkabous, t’bel, tabella, frame drums and drum kit.

Styles:
Classical, Gnaoua, Aissawa, all chaabi ( popular) styles, Rai, fusion.

Middle East

Instruments:
Darbouka, req, daff and other frame drums, drum kit.

Styles:
Classical and contemporary styles.

Brazil

Instruments:
Surdo, tambourim, caixa (snare drum), timba, atabaques/congas, berimbau, small percussion ( agogo bells, shakers/ganzas… ), drum kit

Styles:
Samba, Maracatu and other North Eastern styles, fusion.

Afro Cuban/Caribbean

Instruments:
Congas, bongos, timbales and all small percussion (cowbell, maracas, guiro…), drum kit.

Styles:
Traditional (rumba and related styles), “Salsa”, Zouk

West Africa

Instruments:
Djembe, dun-duns, drum kit.

Styles:
Traditional (Mandingue, Malinke…), electric (Electric dance band and fusion).

Central African

Instruments:
Drum kit, congas and other hand drums.

Styles:
Soukous, Makossa, Kwassa kwassa, Afro Beat.

Miscellaneous

Instruments:
Spoons, bones, human body etc.

Styles:
Spoons, Human Beatbox (vocal percussion with hip hop and adaptations of World beats), hand claps (North African/Middle Eastern style), body percussion.