Tricia Thompson Back to all Bios previous | next
Originally from the islands of Trinidad & Tobago, Tricia grew up in a family of Pannists. Her mother, who was a member of Fonclaire Steel Orchestra, exposed her to music before she could even speak. As a preteen, she began studying and playing steelpan (double tenor) at Success Laventille Composite School and thus discovered her love for music and musical instruments. 
After migrating with her family to Miami, FL, Tricia’s love of steelpan was halted due to lack of resources and thus she had to retire her pan sticks. This however did not stop her love of music. In 2010 she purchased her first Remo Djembe, but it wasn’t until 2012 that she gathered up enough courage to actually take the steps necessary to learn the instrument.
In what seemed to be purely by faith, Tricia discovered a drum class that was taught by Zeva Soroker and thus continuing her amazing journey as a percussionist. Tricia has furthered her studies of West African drumming with Master drummer Papa Malik Faye (from whom she received her first authentic djembe), Moustapha Diedhiou and Nko Fallou Small.
Tricia hopes that this newly found path will help her to deeply connect with her roots, and inspire others through music.

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