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Profile of Dr Kunle Pinmiloye, first PhD Holder in Drum


Dr. Adekunle Pinmiloye mostly known as Ksticks holds a PhD degree in Music performance, and a post-doctoral diploma course in Audio Engineering/Live Music Production from the Musicians Institute, Hollywood, Los Angeles. United States.

Pinmiloye lectured music at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, Nigeria. He is the first music director to adapt Christmas Carol tunes in African context. (Daystar popular Carol concert, Lagos, Nigeria), The Carol concert became the largest Carol gathering in Nigeria for many years and a standard for many music directors till date.

Dr. Pinmiloye is a renowned Drum and Music Instructor, (Music Producer live concerts), Author and Music Director with almost 4 decades of rich and awe-inspiring, multi-cultural musical influences spreading across local and global boundaries.

Ksticks was the first drummer in Nigeria to specialize on drum performance from first degree to PhD level. He was the first civilian to perform with the Nigerian Navy Concert Band, the first price winner of the Talent Hunt at the maiden edition of MUSON festival.

Ksticks has conducted several seminars on drums and facilitated music workshops across many institutions in Africa UAE and United States.

Ksticks directed the RCCG Festival of Live Conference at the West Angeles Cathedral Church, California.

In August 2023, He directed and conducted a fusion of African ensemble and orchestra at the novel edition of Season of Praise August 2023 at the Bowie Performing Art Theatre. Maryland. USA

In June 2023, Ksticks conducted the mass choir of the RCCG North America choir at the convention ground Dallas, Texas.

In September 2022, He directed and conducted a fusion of African ensemble and orchestra, at the Sound from Africa concert. Houston Texas.

Ksticks’s recent personal project was the breadth-taken maiden edition of Kross Kulture Musical worship concert at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Los Angeles. This is the first ever gospel musical artistry that combines singers and musicians of divers nationalities and culture, spanning round six continents on one stage.

Ksticks performed and coordinated drum ensemble performance for the stage play “ The Wedlock of The gods” at the University of Southern California USC. 2022.

Beyond musical artistry, Dr. Pinmiloye has presented couple of academic papers at the institutes of African Studies, University of Georgia, Atlanta. Among several drum clinics and seminars are 2 major drum workshops at the Musicians Institutes Los Angeles, drum workshop and drum monologue at the University of Texas, Arlington, Forney elementary high school, Dallas.

He was the creative director of the 2021 HAPAWARD Award held at Orpheum theater, Los Angeles. In 2019, Ksticks conducted and produced ICCLA Sound of Christmas carol concert at the Redondo Beach Performing Art Centre.

He is the founder and director of Kross Kulture Musical. Also, the music director, International Christian Centre Los Angeles, California.

Dr. Pinmiloye is an independent researcher with area of interest in drum language communication.

Project in view: God of Kross Kulture Worship Concert 2024.


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