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

Michael Bolton


Born in Plymouth, UK in the 60s Mic hall has loved and deeply connected with music all his life. He has been been active as a musician since leaving school at age 16. After starting on guitar and drums, he switched, concentrating on the electric bass in 1979.

He composes, arranges and produces original instrumental music and songs with two albums completed to date including “Earthrise”.



He has achieved an honours degree in Popular Music and Recording from Salford University and a teaching qualification with 25 years experience in music education.


He has performed with many artists including:-  

Gary Boyle  Jerry Donahue  Chris Farlowe

Mike Walker  Simon Willescroft (Duran Duran)

Andy Treacey (Faithless) Simon Moore (Ruby Turner)

Myke Wilson (Corinne Bailey Rae, Texas, Swing out Sister)

Paul Burgess (10CC)  Norman Beaker Band

Magic of Motown  Afro Dizz

Neil Yates  Craig Milverton  Jim Mullen

Stewart Macallum  Bruce Adams  Les Chisnall

Digby Fairweather  Mike Gorman  Mike Outram

James Clemas


James is a talented pianist/singer. Born and raised in Northampton, he played in Jazz, Soul and Dance bands throughout the Midlands whilst in his teens and was a member of the Northamptonshire County Youth Big Band, along with such notable session players as Trumpeter Graeme Flowers and Saxophonist Kate Mlynar. He went on to study Jazz at City of Leeds College of Music, where as part of the College Big Band and The Ellington Repertory orchestra he worked with Gerard Presencer, Loren Schoenberg and Mark Nightingale. During his time at college, he also toured nationally and internationally.

James has gigged and recorded with a wide variety of well-known artists, including among others, Hawkwind, Digby Fairweather, Maggie Reeday, Pete Allen, Greg Abate, Robin Reece, Dave O'Higgins and Jeremy Huggett and is very much an established figure on the Music Scene in the Southwest of England.

He has performed several times on BBC Radio and Croydon-based Sound Fusion Radio.  James have held 2 residencies at the Belmont Hotel in Sidmouth for the last seven years, one as Jazz Lounge.

James has toured Germany, Spain, Cyprus and Portugal. He has performed on several albums and engineered too!