Kwasi Ako (Charles Oduru Donkor)

I’m Charles Oduro Donkor, born in Accra, Ghana, on 4th October, 1981. I am a music performer, a song writer, bass player and a music teacher. I’ve worked with Abiza band, Calabash band, Sankofa Cultural group and performed with other artists such as Gyedu Blay Ambolley, Pat Thomas, Late Paapa Yankson, Obour, Wuta, Okyeame Kwame, Yaa Pono, Efia, Eshun, Yaa Yaa, Teggo Sisters, Trigmatic and performed on the same stage with Richard Bona. I’m currently with African Sun Band, The Blend band and Gyedu Blay Ambolley and his Sekondi Band. I’ve been also working with the West End International school since 2011 until now as the head of music department and with the Ghana Police Church as the head of instrumentalists.

Rama X'icam

“Sitarbassis a perfect fit for me. While the bass remains my central instrument, I'm a dedicated student of Indian Classical Music, both Carnatic and Hindustani traditions. Sitarbass seamlessly integrates these influences, allowing me to adapt the intricate techniques and artistic approaches of the Veena and the Sitar to an instrument I'm deeply familiar with. Beyond its exceptional sound as an electric bass, Sitarbass offers an exciting avenue for creative exploration."

Rafael Marcelino, also known as Rama X’icam, is a Mexican multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer His musical journey began in Querétaro, Mexico, where he initiated his formal studies. Further honing his skills, Marcelino pursued advanced studies in bass in Madrid, Spain, and received his middle degree in modern music by Escuela de Musica Creativa. He continued his musical studies in the Netherlands, earning a Bachelor's degree in World Music Bass at the Rotterdam Conservatory (CODARTS). In addition to his instrumental expertise, Marcelino delved into the intricate art of Konnakkol (Carnatic vocal percussion) studying under the tutelage of Shri Vidwan Somashekar Jois, ultimately becoming a certified Konnakkol performer and teacher.

As a versatile performer, composer, and arranger, he has graced prestigious stages worldwide, collaborating with renowned musicians and contributing to numerous musical and audiovisual projects.

Beyond his musical pursuits, Marcelino co-founded the Pakinda methodology, an innovative educational approach that blends music and storytelling to foster children's skills. He is also an active educator at "Konnakol Mexico," affiliated with the esteemed "World Konnakkol Academy LLP," specializing in vocal percussion in the Carnatic classical tradition.

Marcelino's innovative approach to music extends to the creation of the Tzolkatl genre/ methodology, where he seamlessly merges Prehispanic roots with global music elements. Recognized for his creative prowess, he received a grant from "FONCA" (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Mexico) in the musical composition category.

Today, Rafael Marcelino remains an influential and active figure in the music world, with ongoing projects and creative initiatives.

Artie Sadtler

"The Sitarbass is such an exciting instrument because of the way we can infuse traditional sitar technique into the funkiest of basslines. I have yet to hear the Sitarbass NOT work in any live band setting a bassist could find themselves. The deep range of the bended notes, the HUGE tone of the pickups, and the immaculate hand-carved body make the Sitarbass an exciting evolution in the world of Bass Guitars, and I am so privileged to be a part of it!"

Artie Sadtler is a guitarist, bassist, producer, and music teacher currently living in Philadelphia, PA. He has performed in many live bands and toured the USA extensively playing the Bass. Artie also produces electronic ambient music under the moniker hujiking. 

Beginning his study of music at the ripe age of three years old, Artie has been devoted to creating music for what feels like his entire life. While ultimately settling on the bass as his primary instrument, he has spent a great deal of time on other instruments, such as the piano and the guitar, on his musical journey. However, it has always been the bass on which he feels the most at-home.

Artie has been a proud Sitarbass player since 2021.



Thomas "Teeba" Forbes is an exceptionally skilled multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter, whose musical journey begins amidst his world-travels as a child and the serene landscapes of Seacoast New Hampshire, USA.


Teeba's rhythmic artistry revolves around his deep-rooted love for the bass guitar, effortlessly extending his enchantment to guitars, keyboards, samplers, and vocals, all painting a vibrant palette of melodies and harmonies.


With a masterful touch, Teeba effortlessly navigates through a series of diverse styles and genres. His compositions become a soulful manifestation of ideas, emotions, and visions, resonating with listeners on a profound level.


Having collaborated with esteemed artists and producers both domestically and internationally, Teeba's musical prowess knows no borders. His captivating performances have graced stages and studios across the world.



“The Sitarbass is one of the most intriguing musical creations I have come across.

Finding new ways to create and make music is always a goal for musicians and producers, so once I got my hands on the Sitarbass I had to play it immediately. I love being able to bounce between playing basslines and then playing it as a lead instrument, using the unique neck to bend notes in ways that would otherwise be impossible.

The Sitarbass is truly a piece of art.”