The Bele Bele Rhythm Collective
“Roots” is available for Download on Bandcamp or at our live shows!
The Bele Bele Rhythm Collective is an inter-generational, diverse group of women from DC and surrounding areas who all share a passion for drumming, and will be performing tightly sewn compositions of polyrhythms on dun-uns and djembes, along with exciting breaks and contagious songs. The BBRC performs to celebrate unity and diversity and to spread the joy and power of West African drumming to the community at-large. This project is under the direction of Kristen Arant. Visit www.drumlady.com to find out more!
“Positronic” is available for download on iTunes, AmazonMusic and Kids Place Live on channel 78 XM radio.
Marsha and the Positrons are a DC-based kindie (kids + indie rock) band known for shows that are a ton of family-friendly fun! Both playful and educational, our original songs about science and how the world works are entertaining for adults as well as kids. Besides getting audiences singing along and dancing to songs that inspire curiosity about science, we play traditional favorites, kid-appropriate pop covers and parodies. Our goal is to send families home with smiles on their faces, plant the seeds for good conversations, and share our positive energy with the audience!
Aya is an adinkra symbol represented by the fern which signifies endurance and resourcefulness. Band members, Ayanna Gallant, Kristen Arant, Diane Yates, Sharon Drumheart, and Laura Costas, are collectively the composers and arrangers of the songs performed. What makes this group unique is that we love learning new instruments and picking up instruments we thought we had long forgotten, making each performance experience exciting and new for both performers and audience members. Our songs embody the spirit of truth, womanhood, and standing up for what is right.
Duafe: Sistas of the Drum is a group of womyn of color that honors our ancestors by learning, practicing, and performing rhythms, songs, and stories of West Africa and the Caribbean. Our calling to the drum is what guides us in our connection our history, to each other, and to audiences everywhere. We perform for events that specifically aim to honor the power that this music brings to all people.