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Richie Sweet Percussion


Based in East London, Richie Sweet is a percussionist, drummer and bandleader, with an eclectic musical experience.

Since moving to London in 2018, he has begun to work with some of the top Cuban, African and Jazz groups in the vibrant London scene, recent collaborations have seen Richie record percussion with Ezra Collective,  London Afrobeat Collective, Jas Kayser and Oscar Jerome.

Richie finished his degree in classical percussion and drum kit at Trinity Laban in 2022. There he had the opportunity to study with a wide range of industry leading professionals studying with Gary Kettel and Steve White. To further his training, Richie studies djembe with Yahael Camara Onono, Bata and folkloric Cuban styles with Dave Pattman and Sabar and talking drum with Mohamed Gueye.


Richie has in demand as both a percussionist and drummer. Some of his recent credits include:  

Balimaya Project, Bonita House Band, Don Glori, Etuk Ubong, Incognito, Jas Kayser, Jitwam, Joe Webb, Jorja Smith, Juanita Euka, KiDi and Kuame Eugene, Kwame Yeboah, Matthew Halsall, Marla Kether, New Regency Orchestra, Oscar Jerome, Sola Akingbola, Tiggs Da Author, W3 Funk Sessions and Z.F.E.X

Richie has played on Later... with Jools Holland, BBC1 live Lounge, BBC 6 Maida Vale Sessions,his percussion can be heard on Jimmy Fallon with Jorja Smith. He has played across the UK, Europe and Asia, and in many iconic studios and venues in London with various projects.

Richie has been fortunate to travel to both Cuba and Senegal to study, taking lessons with ‘El Panga’ in Cuba and Mohammed Gueye and his brothers in Senegal.

Below you can find some videos of his playing, and a short playlist of some of his recording credits.


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