Olaf Keus

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  • WOMEX 2017

Olaf Keus is in the Womex to promote his Brazilian band BANDA FULÔ and his latin jazz bebop band OKAKU.He is the drummer from Amsterdam, He attended the conservatory in Amsterdam and Rotterdam and the Conjuncto Folclorico National de Cuba, and practiced percussion/drums in Africa, New York and Brazil.

Banda Fulô is his new Brazilian band, with the great ladies Elizabeth Fadel on Piano (BR) and Floor Polder on Flutes and Sax (NL) super energie and creativity. with Lucas Figueiredo Santana on Sax (BR)Boris Oud on Bass (NL)

OKAKU is his latin-jazz and bebop dream band. Based in Amsterdam full of inspiration and grooves, with Leslie Lopez on bass (Puerto Rico) Loet van der lee on trompet (NL) Fernando Sanches on tenorsax (Spain )and Daniel de Moraes on guitar (Uruguay )

The Bijlmer steelband with 15 young steeldrummers is now enforced by Olaf ’s Drums. Great spirit and big arrangements , management by Eli Silvant, also on the Womex

Sheila’s Choice Is his Funky soul cover band, With the great singer Sheila van Pelt. if you wanne dance

His love for Brazilian music you can hear with the band of Brancka and with Ceumar and Camila Costa from Brazil. And his special body percussion duo with Simone Sou.
The Guitar Syndicate is a instrumental Brazilian adventure with Nelson Latif, David Golek, Daniel de Moraes and Breno Viricimo.

Since a few years Olaf is playing with the Surinam fluteplayer Ronald Snijders

4Sure is his latin jazz formation. Blending Surinam Paramaribop and jazz with Brazilian and Cuban flavors.
In 2003 the quartet released “Brujeria”. In 2009 4Sure presented their second album “Freedom of Speech”, Recorded in Trieste-Italy. 4Sure toured The Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, Brazil, Suriname, Frans Guyana, Italië & Slovenia . with Pierre Dunker, Mark Milan, Franklin Caesar and me.

At a concert in São Paulo with Mike del Ferro, Olaf started working with the Brazilian singer Ceumar. In 2010 they released a CD ” Live in Amsterdam” on which they provide Brazilian rhythms with a jazzy touch.

He’s played in Upside Down for six years, the band of the legendary saxophonist and singer Rosa King; they recorded 3 albums and toured the world several times. Rosa King and Upside Down played with Guest artists as like Jan Akkerman, Alex Britty, Luther Allison and Hans Dulfer.
All the kings Roses is his funky soul jazz band in memory of Rosa king.

He also plays together with internationally renowned artist like the famous Surinam flute player Ronald Snijders, the Brazilian singer Diana Miranda, the Cuban pianist Ramon Valle, Nippy Noya, Deborah J. Carter and Michelle David and he has been touring with the Mike del Ferro Trio, in Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Costa Rica and Panama

Olaf is a drum and ensemble teacher at the Amsterdam Music School. He has his own studio, for classes and workshops, and teaches Body percussion and Brazilian music at the Amsterdam Conservatorium

Olaf Keus


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