Alex Salvador has been playing hand drums since 1997 and has studied under various drumming teachers including internationally renowned Djembe Master – Famoudou Konaté in Guinea, West Africa.

Originally from the Philippines and residing in Townsville since 1987, Alex has contributed to the growth of the drumming scene in Townsville and surrounding regions through his establishment of two percussion groups – Tumbadoras and Wassa-Rhythms of West Africa, founding of the Full Moon Drum Circles and through his involvement with many events in the community including the River Festival, Eco Fiesta, Cultural Fest, Festival of Drums (as part of the Queensland Biennial Festival of Music), Hughenden Festival, Mackay Festival, Yungaburra Festival and countless other percussion related events and concerts in the region.

He has also conducted numerous drumming workshops (djembe and congas) and drum circles throughout North Queensland in the past few years involving groups numbering from 20 – 1000 participants. These included corporate groups, school students, community organisations and general community members.

Alex’s passion for drumming has seen him travelling around Australia and even as far as Papua New Guinea where he performed with his group Wassa Rhythms of West Africa on two occasions for the Hiri Moale Festival as part of a delegation from Townsville.