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,[…]

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[…]

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 –[…]

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[…]

Jackeline Rago

Jackeline Rago is a Venezuelan-born, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer and educator who specializes in Venezuelan Folk-Music as well as music from other countries and the Caribbean. Currently, she is a faculty member at the Jazz School in Berkeley, CA, where she teaches several courses on Afro-Venezuelan percussion, Afro-Venezuelan rhythms applied to Jazz and Venezuelan Cuatro[…]

Nurudafina Pili Abena

Oral Traditionalist/Teacher/Musician, Nurudafina Pili Abena has been drumming for 30 years. She studied drumming as a child with Master Babatunde Olatunji as well as with many masters of traditional folklore from African and Eastern origins. She has performed and studied in West Africa (Senegal), Kenya (East Africa), and in Cuba as well as nationally throughout[…]

Ubaka Hill

Ubaka Hill–(ooh-BAH-ka), a native New Yorker, a drummer, percussionist, vocalist, songwriter, composer, poet and teacher of hand drumming to inspire healing and soulful joy. Ubaka has been an inspiration to many for 30 years of her professional career as a performer and teacher throughout the United States and international communities. She is the Founder/Director of[…]

Lora Chiorah-Dye

Lora Chiorah-Dye was raised in Zimbabwe and came to the United States in the 1970’s. She created the Sukutai Marimba and Dance Ensemble, one of the region’s oldest African music ensembles, to celebrate the heritage of Zimbabwe’s Shona people and to provide an opportunity for teaching music and dance to Americans. Lora is an internationally[…]

Rana Halpern

Rana Halpern has been playing drums since elementary school where she learned Afro-Cuban, Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms. As a youth under the direction of Carolyn Brandy, Rana performed throughout the Bay Area alongside artists such as Pete Escovedo. In high school, she taught drums and percussion at Cazadero Music camp. She performed at venues such[…]

Kris Freewoman

Kris is the founder and producer of the Rhythm Workout Instructor Training Program. Through this program that sold through Power Music Company, Kris inspired instructors in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Canada to try a different approach to fitness. She was the Master Instructor Trainer for the Northern California ACT Aerobic Certification Training Program for[…]

Amanda Vincent Villepastour

Amanda Vincent Villepastour is a London-based musician and scholar who has done significant comparative research about the bàtá in Nigeria and Cuba. Since the mid 1990s, Amanda has been moving between West Africa and Cuba working with Yorùbá master bàtá drummers, most notably Chief Rábíù Àyándòkun and in Cuba, masters including the late Regino Jiménez[…]

TerriAnne Gutierrez

A lifelong student of dance, TerriAnne Gutierrez has been studying and performing Middle Eastern Dance for over thirty years. TerriAnne is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most well-known and sought after performers and teachers. She specializes in Modern Egyptian and American Cabaret, with stylistic influences from some of the forerunners of Egyptian Dance,[…]