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ABOUT

Where it all began...

Established in 1989, The Dhol Foundation began as a small class in slough with only a few friends asking Johnny Kalsi for lessons. A couple of weeks went by, and those friends bought friends of friends and so on... One class turned into servel! Before we knew it we became the first-ever dhol class/academy in the UK, creating a new breed of modern dhol players! With a strong team of dhol players built up, it was time to hit the road! So Johnny Kalsi and The Dhol Foundation began tours across the globe, Slowly expanding along the way.


In 2001 TDF released our debut album, 'Big Drum Small World' which was another milestone for the British Asian music industry. With backing from Peter Gabriel's Real World Publishing, the album grabbed mainstream attention and was quickly picked up by Hollywood directors. TDF collaborated with Martin Scorsese on 'Gangs of New York'. This collaboration was then followed by more silver screen work with the likes of, Ang Lee on 'Incredible Hulk', Sean Macleod Phillips on 'Sea Monsters 3D',

Phillip Noyce in 'Rabbit-Proof Fence' etc...


As the years have flown by, The Dhol Foundation continues to grow. With the release of the 5th Album at the end of 2017 and brand new projects on the way, TDF are still very much in full force!