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Trinidad’s Boom Boom Room Drummers Hit The Mark - Say It Is Easier To Capitalise On ­Carnival As A Duo

The Gleaner

Give these two a soca rhythm and it will come to life with the effervescent tapping of their drumsticks. Modupe Onilu and Rhys Thompson, or together called Boom Boom Room, come from the island where the steel pan originates, but the instrument of choice for the duo is drum, whether an acoustic or auxiliary drum set, which offers a ­complete playground for the adventurous percussionist.

“Call us second generation musician,” Thompson told The Gleaner. “Growing up, we watched our fathers play with musicians like the legendary Andre Tanker and you could say the love for music and musical instruments was innate,”

He added, “We, too, have also played alongside entertainers, separately and together.”

The two have mastered the drums, creating diverse patterns that will have listeners zoning out all that surrounds them, in order to focus on the music alone. They are also recognised for being able to synchronise their playing with pre-recorded tracks, without being lost in the digital arrangements.

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