As a first-call percussionist based in Oakland, CA, Bobby has collaborated with a dizzying array of local and international artists. His love of Brazilian music and extensive travels to Brazil have enabled him to work with established artists Margareth Menezes, Airto Moreira and Selma de Coco, as well as up-and-coming Brazilian talent Amanda Santiago in Salvador, and Emerson Santana in Olinda, Brazil.
Bobby’s connection with the Caribbean, and in particular the twin island nation of Trinidad & Togabo, goes back to 1994, when he first performed as a Six-Bass steel pan player with the Starlift Steel Orchestra, under the direction of legendary pan arranger Ray Holman. Since then, Bobby has performed in three National Panorama Finals in Port-of-Spain with Starlift, and has dropped beats with calypso legends David Rudder and Calypso Rose.
Bobby’s Afro-Cuban collaborations include work with John Santos in the fabled Rhythm Cafe project (which he conceived and produced), a memorable concert with Bobbi Cespedes at San Francisco’s popular Green Apple Festival (with Mickey Hart), and creative work with salsa congeuro and singer Edgardo Cambon in the Father Time Trio project.
African music, the root of Bobby’s beats and musical feel, has long been a major influence in his music. In the past decade, Bobby has forged musical friendships and created new music with West African titans Massamba Diop from Senegal (talking drum), Mamadou Sidibe, and Karamo Susso (kora) from Mali in the innovative IMAGINE:Nation project.
Finally, Bobby has never forgotten his musical roots: funk, RnB, gospel and pop music! He’s lent his percussion skills to 10-time Grammy Winner Bonnie Riatt, Atlantic-records recording artist Netta Brielle, Jennifer Johns, Kev Choice, Michelle Jordan, and Oakland, CA’s renowned East Bay Church Gospel Choir.