Sheree, Director of the Anzanga, Shumba Youth and Zambuko Marimba Ensembles has been teaching, studying and performing for over 40 years. Affectionately known as “mama marimba”, Sheree’s passion and drive for Zimbabwean Marimba music shines through the five recordings she has produced and numerous other recordings on which she made appearances.
Sheree received her initial training through renowned musician and composer Dumisani “Dumi” Maraire. She has facilitated many workshops around the country and has toured extensively around the globe. Sheree believes that marimba music is accessible to everyone.
Afua’s inspiration and concentration is in Cultural Arts Leadership, emphasizing Therapeutic Engagement. Her diversity in training with Cultural historians, masters and teachers allows her to create and choreograph African dance and creative movements that spring from her magical ability to stimulate, excite and flow with the rhythms of the drums.
While currently working with Spectrum Dance Theater and Associated Recreation Council, Afua has recently co-founded a new Cultural Arts Development that's based out of Seattle, WA., named Kouyate Arts.
Afua oversees management and leadership. For over the past 40 years, Afua has been an integral part of keeping cultural arts and entertainment vibrant in the Pacific Northwest and abroad. She is the Co-founder of Adefua African Music &Dance Company.
Susu Pampanin-Tabla/Doumbek. Susu is a world-renowned percussionist specializing in Egyptian Classical and Middle Eastern styles. Susan began drumming at the age of twelve and within a year she was invited to sit in and perform with Arabic bands in the San Fransisco Bay Area.
Susu is internationally known for her virtuosity in Arabic drumming and is one of the few female Middle Eastern drummers highly respected by the Arabic professional music community.
She has played on over twenty recordings and is a member of Aswat Ensemble, Aswan Women's Ensemble, the Georges Lammam Ensemble, and is a founding member of the Pasha Band and Caravan Band. She has been a guest artist with the National Arab Orchestra, based in Detriot, and she teaches yearly at “Born To Drum” International Women’s Drum Camp and Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp in Mendicino.
Carolyn is dedicated to cultural education and spiritual exploration through the arts. She is the director of youth programs at Englewood Christian Church where she helped to found After School Arts (a free art program which brings local artists to teach fine art to children) and the World Dance and Music Camp (a partnership between Gilbert and Garfield Schools and Englewood Christian Church, funded by SOW and OSPI, where children explore culture and identity through dance, music and food).
Before coming to Englewood, Carolyn lived for 13 years in North Africa where she was a well-known performer of regional dance in weddings, on television and in movies. Her show included 20 musicians and 4 folklore dancers. She has performed throughout the Middle East and has taught in 35 different countries around the world. While in Egypt, she founded Camp Negum, a live music and dance camp which ran for 8 years and was held in 5 different regions within Egypt. The camp combined local music and culture with master Egyptian teachers and musicians. Carolyn has also produced 6 best-selling CDs of Arab music.