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David D. Wright

SANGO (LORD OF THUNDER)

The coming of age story of the Yoruba Boy King (Sango) seeking his true lineage..

Born and raised, in the Peoples Republic of Brooklyn, (the 2nd largest Caribbean Island in the World), DAVID D. WRIGHT (Sound Designer, Playwright, Composer, Radio Drama Producer/Director, Foley Artist, Actor, Audio Book producer, Percussionist), sat at the feet of the late Morris Levy and the late Nate McCalla, of Roulette and Calla Records respectively. Under their tutelage he became one of the youngest successful African American Regional record promoters in America during the early 1970’s. David compiled the first R&B Radio Directory which consisted of all the primary and secondary R&B radio markets and radio stations in the entire United States. David has also performed as a percussionist/keyboard player with the likes of the legendary Eddie Palmieri’s Harlem River Drive, Fonzi Thorton, the Coasters, Tommy Mandel, and the late Chief Bey. He has toured with, Mark Radice, Brass Construction, The Ohio Players, The Trammps, and K.C. and The Sunshine Band to name a few. David worked as a drummer for some of the great dancers, and instructors in America including the late Charles Moore and Alvin Ailey.

David is a seven times Vivian Robinson, AUDELCO AWARD winner for Excellence in Black Theatre. He won for Excellence in Musical Direction for The National Black Theatre’s production of The Legacy, and he received six Excellence in Sound Design Awards for Rome Neal’s Julius Caesar Set in Africa, Amiri Baraka’s Meeting Miss Lillie, The Nuyorican Poets Café’s production of Pepe Carill’s Shango de Ima, Joseph Edward’s American Place Theatre’s production of Fly, Take Wing and Soar’s 2007 production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and The National Black Theatre’s production of Oshun, which he authored.

David has sound designed for many theatres in the New York City metropolitan area, and across the country.

David, as an actor, was nominated for an Most Outstanding Lead Male Performance, Audelco for his channeled-like portrayal of the late Louis Armstrong in Ishmael Reed’s play, The C Above C Above High C.

David, has received a Parents Choice Award for his production of Stephen Di Lauro’s River Tales tape and CD, as well as a Golden Reel, Silver Reel and Special Merit Awards from The National Federation of Community Broadcasters for his numerous radio productions aired on WBAI-FM, in New York City. He also received a Law Enforcement Video Award for his musical score of an NYPD training film. He is producing, hosting and engineering his own radio program entitled Orature, a dramatic literary series.

David is a recipient of the National Arts Club’s Food for Thought Playwrighting Fellowship, and he is a Fellow of the Columbia School of the Arts, WGAE’s Harlem Arts Alliance Screenwriter’s Workshop. David is the producing playwright of the Orisha Tales Repertory Radio Theatre Company, having successfully co-produced six of his seven critically acclaimed Yoruba Dance Dramas: Oshun(The Yoruba Dance Drama)winner of one Audelco Award; Oya (The Yoruba Dance Drama) winner of four Audelco Awards including Outstanding Musical Production; Obatala (King of the White Cloth), two Audelco Nominations; Sango (Lord of Thunder), winner of Outstanding Choreography; The Creatures(Tales From the Bush) and Orunmila (The Adventures of the Father of Ifa Divination), one Audelco nomination. He is a retired twenty-two year veteran of NYPD and an initiated Babalorisa, (Yoruba priest).