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Women Drummers International Presents Drum Sunday: Afro-Venezuelan Percussion

Event at 1:00 pm in the Back Studio

Tickets are $25 - $10 (sliding scale) / Under 12 yrs free
No one turned away for lack of funds


Drum Sundays are drumming workshops presented on the first Sunday of every month by one of our FANTASTIC MAESTRA DRUMMERS from Born To Drum.

Some drums will be available for loan on first come, first serve basis.

Come learn Afro-Venezuelan Percussion with Lali Mejia. We will be learning a couple of very unique musical genres from the central coast of Venezuela.

1. Quitipás

This magical, stomping bamboo ensemble originated in the region of Barlovento (Edo. Miranda), Venezuela, and is executed by 3-4 percussionists at a time. The “Quitiplas” is considered not only an instrument, but also a style of music, typically accompanied by vocalists, and a very elegant dance form. Each of its parts deliver the polyrhythmic patterns implicit in most Afro-Venezuelan styles of drumming.

Traditional Instrumentation: Bamboo sticks—prima, cruzao, quitiplás, pujao; maracas and vocals.

What to bring: Participants may bring maracas. All other instruments will be provided.

2. Parranda de la Costa

We will be learning the basics of this Afro-Caribbean drumming tradition on 3/4, typically played in the states of Carabobo, Aragua and Miranda, in the central coast of Venezuela. This flavorful, urban genre showcases a lead drum called “pujao” as well as maracas, guira and vocals.

Traditional Instrumentation: Tambor pujao, cumaco, campana, maracas, guira, furruco, vocals.

What to bring: Participants may bring congas, djembes, guiras and palos (sticks).

About Lali Mejia

A native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, Lali Mejia started her musical training at an early age at the Colegio Bellas Artes in Maracaibo. Lali formally began her percussion studies under Jackeline Rago, Venezuelan instrumentalist and percussionist based in the Bay Area. She also furthered her studies traveling to Venezuela and taking specialized courses in Afro-Venezuelan percussion with master percussionist Alexander Livinalli and members from the Fundacion Biggott. Additionally, Lali studied the art of cajon flamenco in Barcelona, Spain, under Alberto Perez, flamenco singer and percussionist, with an interest in applying its technique to contemporary Latin American music.

Lali Mejia specializes primarily in the Afro-Venezuelan folklore as well as other Latin American/Caribbean styles of music. She has shared the stage with prominent musicians such as Marco Granados, Aquiles Baez, Roberto Koch, Jorge Glem, Jackeline Rago, Maria Volonté, Akira Tana and Francisco “Pacho” Flores. Additionally, Lali has participated in numerous music festivals and percussion workshops around the U.S, the Caribbean, China and Japan.

Follow Lali on FB /lalimejia and IG @lalimejia, or her band Bululú on FB /bululusf and IG @bululusf.

Photo by Nabor Godoy, Berkeley, CA.