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Abdissa "Mamba" Assefa






10.5.1973  Wollega, Ethiopia

- Studies at the Pop & Jazz Conservatory 1989-1992, main instrument drumset.
- Private lessons from Ghanaian masterdrummer Daniel Ifidion, west –african      drums 1990-´91.
- Studying hand drums in Africa Gambia and Senegal 1991.

- Live percussion work for the artist Paleface and recordings 2012 – 2013
- Percussionist for Tony Allen & Jimi Tenor band 2011-2012
- Finnish Jazz federation tours:  autum 2012 SLO Motive, autumn 2011; Mikko Helevä ”Grooving Hammond”, and  Auteur Jazz.
- Percussionist for the Timo Lassy Band. Touring Finland and Europe in autumn of 2012-2013 (i.e. Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Turky, Spain, Italy, Hungary).
- Album ”Itetune” with Jimi Tenor, august 2011.
- Percussionist for ”The Voice of Finland” 1.&2. Season live  shows 2012-2013.
- 8 seasons as the Percussionist for the  ”Dancing with the stars”-show.
- Percussionist for the UMO-jazz orchestra. Conserts include soloists and composers Randy Brecker and Django Bates 2010, and on recordings UMO & Lenny Pickett and UMO & Eero Koivistoinen 2012.


-Touring Europe with the BomFunk Mc´s 2000, and attending the MTV-music video awards with the group.-Representing Finland at the Eurovision Songcontest, in Birmingham England, with  Edea 1998- Performing with AcidJazz-group  Brand New Heavies UK 1999.- Performing with Brazilian trio Azymuth in Helsinki  2002.- Performing in Russia, Germany and Baltic countries with Sounds of the Nordic Islands-group EST/FI/LITH 1999-2008. WORK AS FREELANCE-STUDIOMUSICIAN:Numerous studio sessions with different artists and bands. Also advertisements, TV and film music scores.Some domestic works: Tuomo, M.A.Numminen, Sunrise Avenue, Sami Saari, Aki Sirkesalo, Mikko Kuustonen, Kari Tapio, Angelit, Andy McCoy&Briard, The Rasmus, Sasu Moilanen, Maarit&Sami Hurmerinta, 69Eyes, Hanoi Rocks, Pentti Lahti, NuSpirit Helsinki, Kim Herold, Quintessence, Q-qontinuum, Pepe Ahlqvist,Aikakone, Sami Pitkämö/UMO, Op:l Bastards, Kimmo Pohjonen, Wimme Saari, Ile Kallio&Kaija Kärkinen, Pepé DeLuxe, Esa Kaartamo, Revolver, Jiri Nikkinen, Tuomari Nurmio, Giant Robot, Daddy Ous´, Husband, Kaija Koo, Jay Day, ACCU, Annie, Johanna Iivanainen, Mikko Pettinen mp4, Teddy Rok7, Muska Babitzin,... International work as a studiomusician: -In Germany, Lúneburgh musicproduction house Chappellmeister 2001.-In Estonia  with saxophonist Villu Veski and accordionist Tiit Kalluste, for the ”Sounds of the Nordic Islands”-recordings.- Percussion work for the Estonian Eurovision songcontest opening number in 2002.- Session work in Italy, Milan (studio Ishtar) 2012.

- Sound design and composing for the site specific performance Showing 2007     ongoing
- Pecussionist for Disney´s ”High School Musical” 1&2 – 2008 and 2009.
- Composing music for the dance film  ”Reaching”  2008.
- Percussionist for the ’Dancing with the stars’- Tv show.  Seasons 2006 – 2012
- Sound design and composing for the contemporary dance performance”AURA” ( 2005)
- Composing for Tv show: ”Antiikkia Antiikkia”, YLE  2008.
- Composing for Tv show: ”Mundo”  YLE syksy 2005.
- Composing for Tv show: ”Paketti”, YLE TV1 2004.
- Composing for Tv show: talkshow ”Toista maata”  YLE 2003.
- Sound design and composing for contemporary dance performance ”KEHÄ” (2003).
- Musician,  producer and recording engineer for the Fireshow “Vestan juhla”- with Tapani Rinne (2002).
-Musician in Satu Paavola´s ”Bette ”sis” O´valley” Music theatre –production (2000-2002).
-Percussion for the ”Rölli”-film  soundtrack (2001).
-Percussion work for the contemporary dance piece ”Ei kukaan vain ystäväsi” (2000) and ”Babolat” (2001), chor. Susanna Leinonen, music composed by Tapani Rinne.

- Teaching rhythm basics and drums in East-Vantaa music Academy for youg students.- Rhythm and drum clinics for D.A.F. ( the drummers association of Finland ). - Accompaning dance classes in the Theatre Academy of Finland, Dance department.- Workshops on playing and making African Udu-instruments with Sari Parviainen.