Session Drummer

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November 15, 2016

Ayobami Salawu is a 20 year old Drummer approaching the end of his BA (hons) professional music performance degree at the Academy of Contemporary Music. He has been learning under Pete Riley, Toby Drummond, Mike Goodwin and many other experienced, professional musicians. Ayo has been playing drums since the age of 2 and has had performance experiences from the age of 11, starting with several shows put on by his high school. During his time at ACM he has been involved in a number of projects including performing with Hamish Stuart of ‘The Average White Band’ and legendary saxophone player, Snake Davis, for a live recording session, and performing with ‘The Fontanelles’. Ayo’s main focus now is to get involved in as much professional music work as possible, and to maintain a long and successful music career.

Live Performance Links

Live Performance of ‘Pick up the Pieces’ with Hamish Stuart of ‘The Average White Band’

 Performance with Meg Birch at ACM Summer Live.


Frankie Tontoh – drum tutor at ACM – credits include Amy Winehouse, Al Green, Gary Barlow and more:

“I have known Ayo Salawu for 18 months as his performance tutor at ACM. In that time, I have known him to be honest, reliable, diligent, conscientious & extremely courteous. Ayo has been shown dedication to his craft and over the course of his time at ACM, has developed into a fine musician with great leadership qualities.

He brings joyous energy, which creates a healthy atmosphere in any situation and is caring and helpful to his colleagues. Ayo brings confidence & maturity & has shown that he is skilfully capable in any style of music and most importantly, has a warm & affable personality that is easy to be around.” – Frankie Tontoh

John Gallen – production tutor at the ACM – credits include Queen, George Benson, Boy George, Incognito, Aswad and more:

“I have recorded Ayo on numerous occasions. He is an exceptional musician and a pleasure to work with. He has a professional and positive attitude and has a great combination of power and preciseness in his playing.” – John Gallen.

Contact Ayo at for full details of his availability and prices.

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