Marcel Adjibi ("El Capitán")
cajón, congas, high-hat, djembe, vocals

Born in Dakar, Senegal, Marcel moved to Porto-Novo, Benin, at age 11, where he studied music and traditional drumming in secondary school. Moving first to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, he later continued to Paris in 1978, where he performed and recorded with Manu Dibango, Mory Kante, Tshala Mwana and others before moving to Washington DC in 1988. While living there he taught traditional African drumming workshops in the DC and Charlotte, NC school systems and toured with Aster Aweke and Mbilia Bel. Marcel joined Libby and Gary's previous group, Word of Mouth, virtually upon his arrival in L.A. in 1990; he has also played with other world music groups including Bateke Beat (Central African) and Faramaz Assef (Persian).