Anthony Mitchell Jr.
Anthony Mitchell is a musical artist and performer wholly dedicated to West African and Afro Diasporic music and its cultural traditions. Mitchell has been performing, teaching, and studying traditional and contemporary African and Afro Latin folkloric hand drumming for over 25 years. I have been formally trained in the West African djembe orchestra, Afro Latin conga drums as well as sacred and secular Afro Latin musical instruments. Based in extensive research of the percussive arts—including a wide variety of drums and bells, and the shekere—his accomplishments span several musical traditions of Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, Cuba, Brazil, the Caribbean, and those of the African American experience. After more than twenty-five years of study, immersion, deep learning, and training, Anthony Mitchell has emerged as one of Pittsburgh’s most highly regarded Afro percussionists of his generation, unique in his ability to cross every musical genre.