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[…]

Judy Piazza

Judy is nationally and internationally known for her extraordinary talents, exceptional skill, and generous, joyful spirit as performer, educator, music therapist, and workshop presenter.  After 35 years exploring music as an expressive art and therapeutic healing tool, she continues to study and be inspired by sound traditions from various world cultures.  She has been featured[…]

Carrie Durkee

CARRIE DURKEE is a community organizer, a teacher and an activist. She has worked for over three decades in such movements as the women’s, anti-nuclear, environmental, community rights, and democracy movements. She is currently focused on the question of whole systems change. How can we imagine working together towards creating the culture and the democracy[…]

Ellen Farmer and Coleen Douglas

Ellen Farmer and Coleen Douglas coordinate educational experiences for people interested in soil carbon and water infiltration measurements, food forests, and tree planting projects. Coleen has a background in biology and landscape design, and Ellen works with Farm Fuel Inc. in Watsonville, CA, a research and development firm established by organic farmers to create alternatives[…]

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[…]

Thoz Womenz

Above all else, we lift credit to our Creator for giving us purpose and the strength to chase our dreams. All-women drums are not new. Women have served in many roles throughout history, with Native women accepting responsibility in every area of life in our world. Our purpose at the drum has always been to[…]

Nina Maza (Mami)

Nina Maza, also known as ‘Mami,’ is a beloved member of our Born To Drum Community.  Mami is the biological mother of Nydia Liberty Mata, and embraces all of us as her children.  Born in Havana, Cuba in 1927, Mami came to the NYC in the mid 1950’s (before the Cuban revolution) with “$25 in[…]