Sakae Artist: Frankie Tontoh

Frankie is a highly charismatic, motivated musician with a comprehensive background in studio live performance, theatre, movie soundtracks, teaching, music composition and arranging.

He has spent more than 30 years as a drummer/musical director for a variety of artists in a broad range of musical styles.

It is truly an honour to be part of the Sakae family. The nature of the work I do, I need drums that are versatile in the studio and rugged for the road. For options and flexibility, Sakae’s stylish Celestial & Trilogy series offer the sound solutions for me.

Frankie Tontoh

Frankie is currently the drummer for Brother Strut as well as having worked with a host of other artists; Osibisa, Gary Barlow, Al Green, Tanita Tikaram, Tasmin Archer, Aztec Camera, Level 42, Zucchero, Paul Young, Des'ree, Gabrielle, Omar (MD), Mica Paris, Matt Bianco, Jack Bruce (MD), Roachford, Courtney Pine, Lamont Dozier (MD), Incognito, Ernest Ranglin, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Beverley Knight & Joss Stone. He recently recorded 2 Grammy-winning albums for Colombian artist, Santiago Cruz.

Frankie recorded and toured with George Michael and Amy Winehouse and spent 10 years as Craig David’s musical director/drummer.


Frankie's Set-Up

Celestial Series

Featuring North American Maple and exotic African Bubinga wood. The Celestial kit features Sakae’s new Chamber Specific Technology (CST) -- a ground-breaking process where each drum size receives a specific treatment to produce the most desired sound for that size shell. With the CST process, Sakae has successfully "Pre-Eq'd" each drum so that each speaks with it's ultimate musical tone.

  • Pearl White with black hardware
  • 22 x 18 Bass drum
  • 10 x 7 Tom
  • 12 x 8 Tom
  • 14 x 13 Floor tom
  • 16 x 14 Floor tom
  • 14 x 6.5 Snare

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