Victor Orlando, percussionist to the stars, musician, music producer, songwriter, actor, comedian, writer, movie producer and director! Recent recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in Percussion, presented by The 7th Annual Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards. Percussionist for the multi-platinum Lowrider Band, formerly known as War. Grammy nominated & NAACP Award nominee for his CD, “N Da House”, comprised of phenomenal Funk, Jazz & Latin music, hence the name of his band, Fun-Ja-La. Available at iTunes, eMusic, Spotify, CDBaby and most of your favorite online music stores. You may have heard his song, Argentia, in the film “For The Love of Money” starring Edward Furlong & James Caan.
Victor is the former percussionist of The Gap Band. His work can be heard on the timeless R&B classic, Outstanding. His work can also be heard on the unforgettable R&B hit, Computer Love by Roger & Zapp. Victor has also performed & recorded with Yarbrough & Peoples, Teena Marie, Buddy Miles, Billy Preston, Bobby Womack, LL Cool J, Chaka Khan and many, many more.
What drove him to choose percussions he said, “I started playing the drums in a marching band, then a kit, but moved to Congas in the Jazz Band. There were too many drummers and one chair. Only one thing left were a pair of Congas and I went for it.”
“In 1995 at the Funk Festival at the Los Angeles Coliseum it was a thrill to play for someone I knew of, but never thought I would get the chance to play with. Bobby Watson, bassist from Rufus, took me to soundcheck and told Chaka Khan I wanted to play with her, and she recognized me from Gap Band days and said, get your stuff and come on!”
"The year that Orlando experienced performing with the Gap Band was a thrill. Orlando said, I went on tour with Goodie Yarbrough &Peoples, and the Gap Band in 1983."
Orlando tells, “People would be shocked to know an amazing truth, I never have smoked, drank, or did any drugs in my entire career, over 45 years, but....I ain't perfect. I love my Dr. Pepper's, Krispy Kreme Donuts, and my soul food, and I love my five kids and four great grand kids to the moon and back.”
Victor is very excited about his recent partnership with White Lion Audio and his release of the single "Argentina 2019" which is loosely based on the musical style of the famous band Santana.