The Masters: Sheila ELanglois Music
Here at Langlois Music, we’re going to begin highlighting musicians who are the masters at what they do. Covering all genres, styles, and eras, we hope that this series will inspire musicians new and old to try new things and improve their own craft.
Our first master is one of the great drummers and percussionists of all time, Sheila E.
Sheila E, daughter of legendary Latin percusionist Pete Escovedo, began her career as a percussionist and vocalist with the George Duke Band and had performed with some of the biggest pop and jazz acts of the era by the time she was 30.
She launched a very successful solo career and toured with Prince through the 1980s and is a widely popular live act to this day. She has appeared on dozens of recordings and is regarded as a major force in the world of Latin percussion and drumming in general.
In 2011, the (then) 54 year old E performed a high energy drum solo on the David Letterman show alongside the CBS Orchestra. The video of this amazing performance is below. The Oakland native maintains a relentless touring and recording schedule and has attained legend status among musicians around the world.
Enjoy the video and practice your rudiments because without that, none of what she is playing would be possible.