Before Jamemurrell was able to walk or talk, he would lay on his back singing and mumbling the rhythms that he heard while at drum and dance class. This was only the beginning. At the age of 14 Jamemurrell traveled to Senegal West Africa to expand his knowledge of African culture and music. Jamemurrell began studying intensely under Jah Amen And Leon Mobley, Direct students of Nigerian master drummer Babatunde Olatunji and also under the directorship of Senegalese master drummer Ibraham Camara (former drummer for the National Ballet of Senegal). All this time Jamemurrell was Building a reputation for himself and his music on the Boston music scene.
In 1999 Jamemurrell was accepted to attend Boston Arts Academy, where he transformed himself through artistic and academic rigor for the next 4 years. Graduating in 2003 Jamemurrell traveled back to Senegal, this time for 6 months. He ventured deep into the countryside to accompany Caro Diallo and The Black Sofa Dance Company in the Cassamace region of Senegal. Like his mentor Olatunji, (who played for many years with Santana and other popular artists of the day), Jamemurrell has succeeded in bringing African drumming into contemporary mainstream music and has performed and recorded with many major artists in all genres as well as touring in Europe, the Caribbean and all over the United States.
Jamemurrell has worked with Boston based groups Silmbo’ Aden with Fatou Ndiaye, Group Mande under the direction of Mohammed “Joh” Camara, Art of Black Dance and Music, Unity African Dance and Theater company with his mother Akila Stanley as well with his uncle Leon Mobley and Da lion of L.A. California. His band credits include, Charlie Brown Blues band. (Berklee’s African/pop, Jazz, and pop/R&B ensembles), Troupe Saloum, Jama Jigi, Samba Lolo, Toussaint The Liberator, Buru Style, , Rebirth, Mafanti, And Mass. Production. Jamemurrell has played master dance classes for Chuck Davis, Youseff Koumbassa, Cairo Diallo, Lamin Thiem, Djian Tie, Mohammed Camara, Kissima Diabate, Abdoulaye Sylla, Sekou Sylla, Marilyn Middleton Sylla, and Mohammed "Joh" Camara.
In 2010 Jamemurrell formed his own percussion ensemble Drummers Of Peace And Equality to promote African culture. Alongside Bill Carbone(founder&Drummer of Buru Style and Drummer for Such acts as Melvin Sparks) and Kabisco Kaba( Drummer, Dancer, Acrobat and Choreographer of Les Mervielle D'Guinea) it is a show not to be missed filled with melodic horns, funky guitar licks, and drums of passion. Jamemurrell truly brings together the traditional styles of African Music with Musical Genres of today.
released September 17, 2010
Jamemurrell Stanley-Djimbe, Kalimba, MC
Bill Carbone-Trap Set
Andrew Fogaliano-Barry Saxaphone, Flute
Obadiah Sun-Djimbe, MC