Thiam, Mor (Dogo )
- Gary W. Kennedy
(b Dakar, Senegal, c1942). Senegalese percussionist and singer. He began drumming at the age of eight and first performed in public when he was 12. In 1968, at the behest of the dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham, he traveled to St. Louis, where he became involved in the Black Artists Group and began working as an instructor at Southern Illinois University. In the early 1970s he played with Freddie Hubbard and recorded with Nancy Wilson and B. B. King, the latter two affiliations in an effort to benefit African drought victims. Thiam’s involvement with jazz dates mainly from 1990, when he toured and recorded as one of a trio of African drummers with the World Saxophone Quartet and became a member of Don Pullen’s Afro-Brazilian Connection, with which he remained until Pullen’s death in April 1995. In the early 1990s he joined Ray Drummond’s Excursion All Stars (with which he recorded in ...