Born To Drum ~ A Women’s Drum and Cultural Camp.

Born to Drum was birthed 10 years ago as a reunion of women drummers from all over the US and from all over the world.  We have gathered those 10 summers to celebrate culture, to make new friends and rejoice at being with old friends.  We have come together to DRUM and to share traditional[…]

Virginia Lopez

Ms. Lopez was born in Cuba and has resided in the U.S. since she was 21 years old. Virginia visits her homeland regularly.Virginia has studied Afro-Cuban drumming with master drummer and recording artist Amelia Pedroso, and other teachers in both Cuba and the United States. Ms. Lopez has taught at drum camps in California, Washington,[…]

DAUGHTERS OF THE DRUM by Avotcja, 2014

DAUGHTERS OF THE DRUM We were born to Drum Somos Hijas ritmicas We were conceived in Rhythm Whether we knew it or not or wanted it or not It was & has always been About upholding La Clave en el alma The beauty & sanctity of the Rhythm that created us The Rhythm that is[…]

Nydia ‘Liberty’ Mata

NYDIA ‘LIBERTY’ MATA — Rooted in the rhythms of her native Cuba. Nydia “Liberty” Mata is a dynamic percussionist and electrifying performer. Composer, arranger, and co-founder of the Latin Caribbean duo Harpbeat, Nydia is best known for her recording credits with Laura Nyro, Isis, and Latin Fever. She has performed with such legends as Dizzy[…]

Michaelle Goerlitz

Michaelle Goerlitz has been playing drums and percussion since she was eight years old. After attending college in the Midwest, she moved to San Francisco in 1980 to continue her studies, which have led to exploration of Brazilian, Afro Cuban, Venezuelan, and Middle Eastern rhythms (plus American idioms jazz, R & B & funk). She[…]

Luisah Teish

Luisah Teish is a WomanChief in the Ifa/Orisha tradition. She is a  priestess of Oshun, the Yoruba Goddess of Love, Art, and Sensuality, and  the author of  “Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals” a women’s spirituality classic. She is the Founding Mother of Ile Orunmila Oshun, the School of Ancient Mysteries/Sacred[…]

Barbara Borden

Barbara Borden—drummer/percussionist – began drumming at age ten. Her musical expression is diverse: composer, recording artist (Beauty in the Beat, All Hearts Beating); performer – soloist, collaborator with other musicians and artists, member of the all-women jazz quintet Alive! (Alive!, Call It Jazz, City Life); teacher – drumkit, West African djembe and ceremonial drums –[…]

Janet Koike

Janet Koike’s passion for taiko has inspired original compositions, combining rhythm and movement into an exciting performance style. As a vital part of San Jose Taiko her work has been a highlight of the group’s national concert tours from Arsenio Hall to Carnegie Hall. Blending traditional San Francisco Taiko Dojo training with custom built techno[…]

Odilia Galván Rodríguez

Odilia Galván Rodríguez is an internationally recognized poet, writer, journalist, editor, teacher, and activist who has traveled extensively. She has three books of poetry and her work has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Her most recent book, Migratory Birds: New and Noted Poems, is about her many journeys the physical as well[…]

Jeannette Anglin

Jeannette Anglin is Tribal Secretary of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria,an elected position of the Tribe. She is learning the Coast Miwok language, basketry of the Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo and is part of a group revitalizing the cultural aspects of the Tribal history. She has been instrumental in overseeing tribal scholarships and[…]