Performers

We will have many amazing performers representing music from around the world.

Raquy DanzigerRaquy Danziger is a celebrated performer, teacher and composer known worldwide for her expertise on the dumbek, the Middle-Eastern hand drum. Hailing from unlikely Western roots, Raquy has distinguished herself as a unique phenomenon and earned a place of renown in the genre. In demand on several continents, she has collaborated and performed with several of the most famous Middle Eastern drummers in the world.

Bele Bele
Bele Bele Rhythm Collective was founded by drumlady Kristen Arant in 2008. The BBRC is an intergenerational, diverse group of women who all share a passion for the drum. They study and perform tightly sewn compositions of West African polyrhythms complete with songs, breaks, and accompanying dancers. The Bele Bele’s have performed at various venues including the Takoma Street Festival, The Birchmere, and the Virginia Women’s Music Festival.

The Beat FairyThe Beat Fairy Afro-influenced folk and blues that fuses percussive beats with old jazz, blues, and folk songs, as well as a collection of original tunes, playing on sounds and rhythms its members have learned performing with Grammy-nominated Griot from Mali Cheick Hamala Diabate and Sierra Leonean musical revolutionary, Janka Nabay.
Stay tuned for more performers!

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