Mor Thiam
Drummer, Cultural Archivist

Mor Thiam, Drummer & Cultural Archivist


Mor Thiam - Perhaps, no other African drummer has received as much recognition as Mor Thiam. The legend of his technique on the djembe and other African membranophones is unrivaled. Mor Thiam was first made famous by Katherine Dunham (whom he lovingly calls ‘my adopted mother’) in 1968. He has performed with many Jazz and Blues greats, including Freddie Hubbard, Nancy Wilson, B.B. King, Lester Bowie. Mor Thiam’s professional advice is highly sought on many African projects. He regularly consults for organizations like The Lion King Production, Disney World, City of Atlanta’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs, and the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta.