Boo Pearson

The Equalites

Boo Pearson

Percussionist Boo Pearson has studied diasporic rhythms, songs and dance whose origins emmenate  from sub-Saharan West Africa and have spread to the Americas and places such as Brazil, the West Indise, Louisianna and beyond. Alongside David Boatwright he has recorded under the initial guidance of Bob Marley in Kingston Jamaica, traveled to Port-Au-Prince Haiti to study with “Taboula”, a cutting edge international dance company, and performed as an accompanist for the Five College Community dance program under the direction of Sekou Sylla, formerly of Les Ballets Africains de Guinea, and currently the director of The Pioneer Valley’s Bambidele Ossumerea Dance Company.  His kit includses congas, congalettos, timbales and djembe, as well as a broad selection of instruments from around the world. A singer and lyricist, his tenure with The Equalites exceeds a quarter of century.