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Fathers are like shepherds
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They help us to overcome our fears
Fathers are very tuff and very loving too
They are not afraid to correct or even…"
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Kevin Haynes Saxophonist,Percussionist from Trinidad & Tobago decent based in London UK, After Finishing performing arts Colleges in London in the 80s, i started out performing as a percussionist and Dancer for a African dance companies and a very Important Afro Brazilian Dance company Oshumare, which helped shape things to come in my concepts as a percussionist and musician. I then started performing with other up and coming UK Black Jazz Artists of the 90s like the The Jazz Warriors, the first Black Big Band in the UK,which was based in London, this was my first experience in a Jazz big band.I then started working with other bands which includes Saxophonist, Steve Williamson, Flutes,Phillip Bent band, Saxophonist, Courtney Pine band Jazz legend Sun Ra,Drummer Clifford Jarvis and his Prophets of Jazz outfit.
As well as other bands Jazz acts i was a sideman in the London jazz scene In the mid 90s and beyond.I would spend Time in New York and Havana Cuba,studying Afro Cuban folkloric music or going to jam sessions in New York, around this period i started doing a few more alto saxophone gigs and when ever there was a chance a quartet gig In 1996/7 i setup my band and performed my first jazz show at the London Jazz cafe Camden town North London, under the band name Kevin Haynes Grupo Elegua. The name comes from the Nigerian Yoruba deity of the crossroads and the messenger of god. He's the Guardian of the Crossroads of Life. Whenever there are decisions to be made, he provides opportunities and second chances. If you're lucky, as a Trickster God, the childlike Elegua can sometimes make things even more complicated. At a whim he can turn a simple choice into a vast conundrum of paradox. I loved the idea of the messenger and that this deity controlled the roads and paths of life - which doors were opened and which were closed in ones destiny.I have been performing with this group for 9 years and have recorded three albums, one with Native music a French Label based in Paris, and two for Egbe Oduniyi productions, my own label. I have been doing shows with different personnels and setups over the years around Europe African Cuba and US my music is a fuses of swing model, Afro Cuban and Nigerian Bata drumming styles with other West African forms from Mali, Senegal
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