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Cole, Atticus (Shadrack)

Cole, Atticus (Shadrack), drums. Cole began studying music at the age of 6.  His father, Bill Cole, introduced him to his colleague, Ghanaian Master drummer Abraham Adzinyah, with whom Atticus began studying West African music in the oral tradition.  Atticus received private instruction from Mr. Adzinyah and became a member of the West African drumming ensemble at the age of 7. He worked extensively with the ensemble, studying song, dance and drumming techniques.

He continued his studies with master drummer Hafiz Shabazz, who became his mentor, learning West African, Afro- Cuban, and Brazilian music. Atticus received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he studied jazz composition. Atticus Cole's playing has supported such artists as DeLaSoul, Julius Hemphill, LL Cool J, KRS-One, Maceo Parker, SouLive, and WAR. He has worked with his father for over 2O years, meanwhile maintaining his own original Hip-hop group The Formula, and also playing with The Grace Singers, a gospel group based in Boston, MA.

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