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The Steven McGill Project The Steven McGill Project

My introduction to music came by the way of my cousin Nathan Robinson aka “The Witch Doctor” when I was around 10 or 11 years old. I could sit and listen to him play all day. He gave me my first Conga Drum lessons. 1972 after graduating from San Jose State College I moved to Washington D.C. where my real instruction in Afro-Cuban drumming to place under the eyes of Baba Ingoma (The Father of the Drum) One of my class mates at the time was Barnet Williams who at the time was the Conga Drummer for Gil Scott-Heron and the Mid-Night Band. I spent 7 years under the eyes of Baba Ingoma playing in his group The African Cultural Dancers and Drummers. We played all over the D.C. area and anyone who played conga drums studied with Baba EVERYONE. Around 1975 I decided to try my hand at being a pro Conga Drummer and I left D.C. for London, England where I played the “tubes” (subways) as a street musician. There I was able to meet other musicians and I began to play in some of the clubs there (including the famed Ronnie Scott's). I decided to see what Paris , France was like so I crossed over to take a look even.though I didn't speak a word of french. Things worked out I met other musicians and got a gig playing for a dance class at the American Cultural Center there. While I was in France the question I got most (besides what was I doing there in the 1st place) was what is Los Angel;es like

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


I don't make a practice of teaching but I have taught Conga Drumming and at this point I'd add the mallets and beginners fro the .piano. $20.00 per hour



Album Ujamaa by The Steven McGill Project


Morning Star Records

Album NIA: Purpose by The Steven McGill Project

NIA: Purpose

Self Produced

Album Kujichagulia by The Steven McGill Project


Self Produced


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