Afrofunk Forum Host: David McDavitt
David McDavitt is percussionist for Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band. Since first punching through the fragile paper heads of a toy drum kit at age seven, drums have been David's madness. He specializes in Ewe, Akan, & Ga music, often orchestrating tribal ensemble drum parts onto his Afrotrap kit. David has celebrated his passion for Highlife, Afrobeat, Juju, Soukous, and Mbalax, playing with the Afropop bands Elikeh, Baalim, A Different Drummer, & Big Village. David's influences include Fela, Raam Daan, Sekouba Diabate, Thomas Mapfumo, Fatala, Youssou N'Dour, Spinal Tap, & The Police. David directs a children's African drum ensemble in Arlington, VA.