Leon Patel

Musician, arts manager, performer

Leon Patel is at the helm of Global Grooves and The Vale, having committed over a decade to sharing his passion and knowledge of percussion and song from around the world – Brazilian, South Asian, West African, Cuban, and Western musical styles to name a few.

As well as laying claim to the loudest timba slap in the West, Leon regularly holds masterclasses and short courses to share his decades of study and performance techniques with students all over the UK.  Leon’s directorship of Global Grooves, Bangdrum CIC, and numerous UK ensembles has facilitated the development of international percussion-driven music in the UK.