A native of Athens, GA, Kane Stanley, has studied drum set and percussion for over 30 years. He has toured the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean performing at festivals, clubs, and venues with bands such as: Cosmic Charlie, Entropy, Donna Hopkins Band, Natti Love Joys, Ralph Roddenberry Band, Gimme Hendrix, JGBCB and numerous Jazz Ensembles. Kane's musical influences are vast, but he especially enjoys playing Classic Rock, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, Afro Cuban and Brazilian styles.
Kane has studied drum set and percussion with: Tom Rafferty (R.I.P.) Atlanta, GA 1989-1993, Dr. Arvin Scott (University of Georgia 1995-1996), Mamady Keita (2012), and Ryan "Manito" Wendel (1996 - Present). He attended Berklee College of Music's Summer Percussion Festival in 1998 and studied Afro Cuban drum set with Walfredo Reyes Sr. and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. He has attended master classes with Jeff Sipe, Jamey Haddad, David Garabaldi, Denagan Janvier Honfo and many more.
Kane is a founding member of ¡MOYUBA! Afro Caribbean Percussion Ensemble from Athens, Georgia. In 1998, they traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti where he received the education of a lifetime studying and performing with R.A.M. and members of master drummer, Frisner Augustine's family. Dedicated to preserving and sharing the sacred music of the African Diaspora, ¡MOYUBA! has taught at several Universities and and schools throughout the South East and has been featured on Drum Talk TV and Pandora Radio. They attracted the attention of Cuba’s own Los Muneqitos de Matanazas, who traveled to Athens, GA for a residency in 2003. While in the United States members of ¡MOYUBA! were selected to record an instructional video featuring Augustine Diaz, musical director of Los Muniquitos de Matanzas.
Kane completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia and received a degree in Journalism with a focus on Audio Video Production. His writings have been published in Flagpole Magazine and he has been a featured lecturer at the University of Georgia.
Kane has performed at many of the finest venues in the South Eastern United States such as: The Historic Georgia Theatre, Morton Theatre, and 40 Watt Club (Athens, GA), The Variety Playhouse, The Masquerade, The Loft (Atlanta, GA), Hargray Capitol Theatre (Macon, GA), The Orange Peel, New Mountain Theatre (Asheville, NC), Lincoln Theatre (Raleigh, NC) and many more. He has performed at Festivals including the 2004 Oregon County Fair (Veneta, OR), The Harmonic Convergence, Transformus (Asheville, NC), Athfest (Athens, GA), Candler Park Music Festival (Atlanta, GA), and the Sandstock Festival (VA Beach, VA).
Tales from the Road
In 2008, Kane escaped a club fire during a performance with Cosmic Charlie at the Boone Saloon in Boone, NC. All survived unscathed, but most of their equipment was barbecued.
Kane has studied Afro Caribbean percussion for past 20 years. He has studied and performed in Port-Au -Prince, Haiti, and at the Berklee College of Music, among other places. He is a founding member of the Afro Caribbean Percussion Group,¡MOYUBA!, and has taught at many colleges and schools in the South Eastern United States. Kane plays Congas, Bongos, Bata, Djembe, Timbales, Darbuka, Shekere and many other ethnic percussion instruments.
Kane custom makes gourd shekeres, maracas, bamboo didgeridoos and teaches circular breathing technique.