ZUM-ZUM is a dynamic music project based on Afro-Caribbean rhythms created and led by percussionist Richie Dickson.

Using some of  the finest jazz musicians in Devon with knowledge of the exotic rhythms of the Caribbean, ZUM-ZUM blends infectious dance rhythms with jazz chord progressions creating a thrilling sound for dancers and audiences.

Book ZUM-ZUM for an unforgettable vibrant experience of latin jazz, salsa and samba!

The project offers various experiences to suit all budgets;

Live Percussion (alone or with a DJ/Backing tracks)

Latin Jazz Trio (Congas, Bass and Piano) playing Latin Jazz/Party tunes

The line up can scale up to an eight piece band including vocals for larger events.

About the band ....

Richie Dickson


Born in Trinidad WI , Richie has been playing percussion since seven years old.  He studied with Luis Palacios in Santiago de Cuba, Richie has also studied in The Dominican Republic and Senegal to further his knowledge.


Richie has played/performed with African and Cuban artists including Julian Bahula (Jahbula), Mervyn Africa , Mamadi Camera (Ancestral Rites), Edmund Claude Deppa , Herman Asafo(Native Spirit), Fola Graff (Ickme),  FanFan Moses (Somo Somo) and George Peguero (Cuban Troubador from Santiago de Cuba).  

He was part of the Jorge Peguero trio that held a residency for years at the world music bar/cafe Viva!Viva! in Crouch End North London which became very popular , prompting a Time Out journalist to write 'probably one of the best live acts in London at the time!'  

He toured Britain with Mamadi Camera (Art Blakey's percussionist for Blakey's visit to Britain pre Jazz Warriors). 

He has recorded with George Peguero and charted in Salsa charts with 'Rain' , a cross-over cover of the Jose Feliciano sang, Mervyn Africa and many other bands achieving radio play on the BBC.

He has performed on Spanish television with Herman Asafo (Native Spirit).