Walter Maclean was born in Germany to a Ghanaian father and a German
Mother. He grew up in Germany and Ghana, and started to play
percussion as a child when his family lived in Ghana in the 70’s.

He has been a professional musician since the age of 17. Over the years
he has studied with many masters of rhythm such as Adja Addy, Nippy
Noya and Rick Gratton.

Walter has been living in Toronto, Canada since 1996 and is known to be a
versatile and consummate musician. He has played traditional African
music for the likes of Ballet Creole, COBA, Lua Shayenne, Newton Moreas,
Alpha Rhythm Roots, Amadou Kienou etc.; and has worked extensively
with contemporary styles as well, from jazz and blues to calypso, R&B,
and much more; collaborating with Kobot-Town, Donne Roberts, African
Guitar Summit, Laura Hubert, Kingsley Etienne Trio, Dave West Group,
Thriller Canada Tribute Band, Madagascar Slim, to name just a few.

Since 2014, Walter has also worked and collaborated with the ”wind in the
leaves collective“ on numerous performances and recordings.


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