Nippy Noya

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Nippy Noya
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Background information
Born (1946-02-27) 27 February 1946 (age 72)
Occupation(s)Percussionist, songwriter
InstrumentsKalimba, congas, bongos, campana, güiro, cabasa, shek, caxixi, triangle, berimbau
Associated actsMassada, The Globetrotters, The Kelly Family

Nippy Noya (born 27 February 1946) is an Indonesian, Netherlands-based percussionist and songwriter, specialising in congas, kalimba, bongos, campana, güiro, cabasa, shek, caxixi, triangle and the berimbau.


Son of Japanese Taiko drummer Fusao San Nakato, he was born on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and came to Europe in 1968. He began his professional career as a conga player in Amsterdam with percussion-rock band Massada. He played with them till 2016 on and off whilst becoming a sought-after musician; he made a one-off return for the recording of their 2018-released live dvd.

Artists he since played and recorded with include Peter Herbolzheimer,[1] John McLaughlin, Jan Akkerman, Hellmut Hattler, Volker Kriegel, Earth and Fire, Stan Getz and Dick Morrissey. In addition he toured with Richard Tee, Eric Burdon, Billy Cobham, Miko Aleksic[2] Chaka Khan, Peter Maffay, Udo Lindenberg, Gitte Haenning, John Hondorp and Herbert Grönemeyer. He also taught and performed with the young children of the Kelly Family, from the mid-1980s until the mid-1990s. He appeared on several Kelly Family albums, VHSs and live shows.

Since 1992, he has been a lecturer at the Conservatory of Music in Enschede, Netherlands.

In 2001, Noya joined a Polish jazz/funky band The Globetrotters, consisting of vocalist Kuba Badach, vibrafonist Bernard Maseli, and saxophonist Jerzy Główczewski. The band has released several albums.[3]



  1. ^ Jazz Professional Archived August 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ All Music Guide to Jazz. Google Books. 2002. ISBN 9780879307172. Retrieved 27 December 2008.
  3. ^ "The Globetrotters – Info" (in Polish). Facebook. Retrieved 9 November 2013.

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