Tel Aviv, ISRAEL
A well accomplished scientist, musician and artist, Nati is deeply researching the Haitian drum as not only a core percussion element, but a vehicule of sacred medicine and wisedom. Studying the works of Ti Roro and Sanba Zao, she has evolved to a unique style of Haitian Traditional Music blending eastern chants with jazzy scats. The producer of TV series The Backyard Show, she is a true advocate of holistic well being in tune with cultural awarness. It takes a village to raise a child, why not start in your own backyard!
AFUA's diversity in training with teachers from Ghana,Nigeria,Zimbabwe, Senegal,Liberia,NYC,Seattle,Congo,Trinidad-Tobago,California,and Guinea allows her choreographed African movements to spring from her magical ability to stimulate, excite and flow with the rhythms of the drums. For the past 40+years, Afua has been an integral part of keeping cultural arts and entertainment vibrant, By co-founding Adefua African Music & Dance Company,performing cultural entertainment, and in 1994 becoming Exec.Director of Adefua Cultural Education Workshop, a non-profit organization. In 2000 she became a Washington State Certified therapeutic counselor and in 2002 she received her Certificate of Achievement in Teacher Education. These educational achievements allow her to offer an educational vessel for students to experience Africa through music, song and dance. Afua's main strength comes from her loving family. Her daughters and son are established and respected performers nationally in the African arts community. She has taught at numerous schools over the years and each learning series ends with a public performance allowing the students a chance to experience celebration.
Naby Camara, a master musician/teacher from West Africa, Guinea-born balafonist grew up in a traditional Griot family and was the official balafonist of the Federal troupe of Conakry. He played with Fatala, Les Merve, Mandeng Yahara, and performed/taught with Les Ballet African de Guinea and holds a certificate from Mamady Keita. He is the recipient of two Juno awards (Canadian Grammy). Naby brings years of knowledge, training, and a global touring experience. Naby’s group, Lagni Sussu, has originally composed, dynamic rhythms & songs coming from an over 1,000 year artistic tradition. Well versed on the 21-barred balafon, dundun, and djembe, his modernistically traditional style of music and song acknowledge history, honor to ancestors, joy and praise to events and people, and human conditions found worldwide. All ages and cultures of people enjoy the bright, joyful, rhythmic sounds of this music. It touch’s the hearts, minds, ears, and souls of all peoples. Naby Camara and Lagni Sussu bring audiences of all ages and cultures to their feet. To hire Naby for a performance/Balafon or djembe instruction call 206-786-5214
Santa Cruz, CA
Meridian Negilski is a dancer, performer, and teacher specializing in both Mali and Guinea styles of West African dance. She has been studying African and Afro-Latin dance for 15 years and has performed with several troupes throughout the country. She believes that it is through cultural exchange that a deeper understanding of self and relationship with others may be cultivated.
Na'tan Collins has always had a love for rhythm and percussion since childhood. His passion for percussion was fueled in 2010, when the sound of the djembe called to him. Soon after acquiring his first djembe, Na'tan started the local drum group 'Seattle Hand Drummers'. SHD has grown to over 500 members. In 2015 Na'tan is expanding his passion to the local community even further. Working with non profits, senior activities, at-risk youth, the homeless community and other organizations. 'Compassionate Percussion' will teach workshops, give lessons, provide therapeutic sessions and encourage learning and self expression. Na'tan is available for individual, group and classroom lessons and activities.
Na'tan Collins is the founder of Seattle Hand Drummers (SHD). A local multifaceted drumming group established in 2010. SHD hosts open drum circles, teaches team building, communication, self expression, confidence building and music making rhythm workshops. SHD is available for private and public performances. 'Rhythm In Motion (RIM). RIM is a collaboration between bellydancer Claire Archer and percussionist Na'tan Collins. RIM is available for workshops, local performances, private parties and lessons. New in 2015 Na'tan has founded 'Compassionate Percussion'. Compassionate Percussion will be community focused. Working with and developing programs with seniors, children, low-income, at-risk youth, homeless, adults and teens with developmental disabilities and community charities.
Seattle Hand Drummers (SHD) is an open community made up of members from the local area and worldwide as well. We specialize in hosting music circles with the intention of enhancing community and bringing diversity together. Our newest direction, fundraising and charity events as well as serving those in need keep us driven and committed to serve all those who may be in need of energetic and enthusiastic support. SHD is always available for booking. performances, parties and workshops. Individual and group lessons available for all levels of experience. SHD is now facilitating Music Therapy Sessions for Emotional Trauma, Substance Abuse and Cognitive Rehabilitation. Founded by Nathan Collins, local facilitator and musician
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