The Diplomats of Drum are a band from Malaysia that comprises of each ethnic race in the country, giving testament to the phrase "Malaysia - Truly Asia!"
The Diplomats fuses Malaysian melodies and rhythms with global beats and melodies, creating a unique brand of global Fusion. The global beats that they have pioneered have influenced many movements where they have played and they are highly regarded as the most exciting and promising youthful, ethnic-flavored percussion ensemble.
Born from pure creativity and experimentation with rhythms and percussions, the Diplomats of Drum started as an energetic bunch of street performers, slowly changing into a serious all percussion ensembles. Their enthusiasm is infectious and their diverse yet perfectly unified beats strike a deep down party chord, often leaving crowds captivated and wanting for more, what with combining showmanship and acrobatic stunts in their performances. Eventually they put undoubted talent together and naturally evolved into a global fusion band.
But they have not forgotten their humble beginnings, and have incorporated their drumline like percussion style and rhythms into their stage performances.
As a band, they have broken down musical barriers to celebrate musical and cultural differences, bringing everything together to create a pure organic sound! Their performances often create a carnival-like atmosphere, drawing large crowds and eliciting spontaneous dancing with their infectious rhythms and positive energy.
Just to give you an idea of what the band sounds like, imagine rasping Indian classical vocals backed by Gaelic chants, traditional Malay rhythms fused with Afro beat and Latin groove, powerful Bhangra rhythms played alongside the energetic Scottish Bagpipe, the subtle and silky-soft sounds of the Sitar grouped with the loud and powerful African Djembe... not forgetting drumline like percussion beats and sound scrapes.
If you think all of these are impressive, wait till you hear everything and everybody playing together!!
Then you would have experienced the true global sounds of the Diplomats of Drum!!