As percussionist and showman I was one of the popular members of the Jokers Wild, a Cambridge University band. Playing and improvising with Dick Heckstall-Smith, Art Theman, Hank Wangford, Dave Gelly, Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour and many others set me on a path as a professional musician.
Born Japheth Silvera Whittaker in April 1941 in Moore Town Jamaica I started my professional career as a percussionist with the Greatest Little Soul Band in the Land. JJ Jackson was the Front-man. We produced our first album in the 60's at De Lane Lee Studio in London. My reputation grew in the 70's through working with Steven Stills of Crosby,Stills and Nash, on his solo album which included the world wide hit 'Love The One You're With'
My long held interest in rhythm led me to working on projects with Lord Eric at the Round House Drum Clinic. Later on I established Kultural Stabil in Köln (West Germany) which was Sponsored by the Koln Council. Master drummers and dancers from Ghana shared their expertise teaching in drum and dance workshops in Dortmund University and other venues. We also performed in the British Council and in the Commonwealth Institute in London. A number of these artists then performed as Adzido in Sadlers Wells.