Event at 2:00 pm
Tickets are $10-15 Adults / $5-$10 Kids (sliding scale)
Join DRUMMM Rhythmic Events founder Jeni Swerdlow and friends in a joyful celebration of rhythm! Group drumming can be a fun and effective way to reduce stress, connect with oneself and others, live in the moment, and build musical skills. Swerdlow’s facilitation makes drumming engaging, accessible, and meaningful for all ages and all levels. Come play! Bring a drum or play one that’s provided (first come, first served) for an additional $5. Beginners are encouraged to come early for an introduction to hand drumming and basic world grooves.
Register online at DRUMMM.com (click “Pay Now” and follow the instructions) or pay by cash/check at the door. Kids ages 2-13 qualify for reduced admission. Kids under age 2 are admitted free with a participating/supervising adult.
Doors at 8:30 pm; Show at 9:00 pm
Tickets are $20 Advance / $25 at the Door
The ensemble is led by Nigerian master percussionist Najite Agindotan who was mentored and eventually taken as a godson by the late, great Fela Anikulapo Kuti. This 16+ piece ensemble embraces the restless genius of Fela's afrobeat music as well as expanding into their own unique blend of jazz, funk, highlife, and traditional West African drumming and folk song.
Many of Southern California's best instrumentalists have lent their talent to N.O.P. over the years--Phil Ranelin, Nate Morgan, Bobby Bryant, Jerri Jheto, Jim Thompson, the late, great Billy Harris and many more-- the current band represents a cross-generational accumulation of their spirit and wisdom.
The message of the Olokun Prophecy is that there is an Age of Goodness coming and we must help to usher it in together.
Mama Africa: From Congo to Oakland - Sistahs of the Drum and Mabiba Baegne with special guest Nikki Campbell
Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are $20 advance / $25 at the Door
Maestra Series Packages $48 - $150
This is also a fundraiser for Women Drummers International
Mabiba is an internationally acclaimed teacher, drummer, and choreographer of traditional and contemporary African dance. Mabiba was born in Brazzaville, Congo, and initiated into dancing by her grandparents at the age of eight.
Mabiba is also an inspiring drummer. In addition to her Congolese dancing, for many years she studied West African Dunun drumming with master drummer Famoudou Konate in Guinea, and she was the first woman to teach this form in the U.S. Mabiba is also an acclaimed singer and has toured and recorded with Salif Keita, master drummer Mamady Keita, and Samba Ngo.
Sistahs of the Drum are students and teachers, listeners and communicators, consumers and creators, protectors and nurturers, friends and lovers. We drum from the heart, for the heart, to the heart, and with our heart. Absorbing the teachings of West African rhythms, songs, and dances, Sistahs of the Drum respectfully represent the essence of our traditional African roots in harmony with our African-American cultural rearing. The resulting sound is from somewhere deep within; playing through us and resonating with you. Current members are Mar Stevens, Sandy Mills, Charlene Gumbs, Shawn Nealy-Oparah, La Tanya Carmical, Mya Cross, Nina Roberts and Jillian Lyles.