Weissenborn Teardrop (circa 1930s)
Two Style 4 (1925 and 1927) Weissenborns
Martin Model M38 Acoustic
Martin 00-18 Acoustic
2004 and Custom 2005 National Reso-Phonic Model D Western squareneck
2005 Martin HD-28VE
Vintage Gibson J-50
Asher Ben Harper lap-steel
1956 Gibson Les Paul Special
Fender Custom Shop Telecaster
- Instruments: Slide Guitars, VocalsEquipment:
Weissenborn Teardrop (circa 1930s)Birthplace: Claremont, CA
Leon Mobley, percussionist for BHIC, has made his mark in the music and performance industry for many years.
At the tender age of seven, Leon studied under the tutelage of Babatunde Olatunji, world renowned Nigerian master drummer. By age ten, Leon was a cast member on the Emmy award winning PBS t.v. program entitled ZOOM. He got the opportunity to perform with Duke Ellington and for Coretta Scott King at this age as well. He also performed with Boston's Dancing in the Street for many years growing up in Boston.
Leon went on to study music and education at UMass Boston before moving to California where he started his dance company Djembe West African Drummers and Dancers, which has been featured on the t.v. shows Northern Exposure, A Different World, and the movie Poetic Justice with Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur. He also began his own musical group Leon Mobley and Da Lion which went on to produce six cds and has had countless performances throughout the United States.
Leon was selected to be "Art Envoy" by the U.S. State department, under President Barack Obama, which sponsored the Innovative MIMA programs, where he traveled abroad doing workshops, recordings, and performances throughout Africa and South America.
He has had his own REMO signature series Djembe drum for over twenty years, selling millions around the world.
Throughout his career, he has recorded and performed with many notable artists, to include Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Mick Jaggar, Madonna, Damian and Stephen Marley, the Temptations, Dave Matthews, Joss Stone, and Stevie Wonder just to name a few.Instruments: PercussionFirst Show: 1993-02-23 @ Cafe LargoOther Projects:
Da Lion, Piers Faccini, Watts Prophets, The Last Poets' Umar Bin Hassan, Robey Theatre Co., Zoom, Peter Wolf, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Michael JacksonBirthplace: Roxbury, MA
- Instruments: DrumsOther Projects:
Gogol Bordello, Lonnie Jordan (War), Rakim, De La Soul, Talib Kwali, Mos Def, Common, Ghostface Killah, Piers Faccini, Rhythm Roots All-Stars, The L.A. Allstar Revue, daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, Project 1836, Bingewood, After Hours, Ocean 11, Cree Summer, The Soul of John Black, Weapon of Choice, Action Figure Party, Groovin HighBirthplace: Los Angeles, CA
- Instruments: Hammond B3, Clavinet D6, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Congas and Percussion, VocalsFirst Show: 2003-02-14 @ Temple BarOther Projects:
Solo Career, Citizen Cope, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Acetone, G. Love & Special Sauce, Natalie Merchant, Macy Gray, Mazzy Star, The 2 PC, Momma StudBirthplace: Los Angeles, CA