Jimi has released a new album entitled 'Scottish Pipes and African Drums', a collaboration with Nigerian musician Sam Okoo on djembe giving Scottish and Irish tunes the World Music treatment.
Jimi and Sam first performed together in an award winning show at the Edinburgh International Arts Festival in 2003 - an outdoor performance of "Gogo, The Boy With Magic Feet" at the city's Royal Botanic Gardens. They have been friends ever since. Sam comes originally from Nigeria and now lives in Edinburgh. He is perhaps better known as a dancer and dance choreographer and has been involved in several successful Edinburgh Festival productions in recent years. Sam says he was playing drums in Nigeria as a child before he could walk! These days he loves accompanying Jimi's pipes.
Jimi describes Sam as "the best natural rhythmist" he has ever performed alongside. "Sam's drum, the djembe, is also a favourite of mine" he added. "The range of tone from top end to bass is amazing. An incredible sound and it all comes from one drum, one man, one pair of hands. Amazing".
Jim Gellatly of BBC Radio Scotland called the CD "Totally uplifting, unpretentious and happy music played with great skill. This is definite feel good music for 2009".
A video for one track, "Highland Cathedral" contains views of Edinburgh and Arthurs Seat and can be seen on YouTube.