Drumming in Unity: Tapping the Potential of African Drumming to Heal and Unite
Saturday Jun 30, 7:30PM @ 2640 (2640 St. Paul St.)
Come join three special women, African Drummers Dot Holley, Dee Osiomwan and honored guest Edwina Lee Tyler, for a celebration of the healing and community building power of African rhythm. The evening will be vibrant, participatory and musically excellent. Be prepared to move. Maria Broom will serve as emcee and will offer an original piece, “Anna and Her Secret Dances", accompanied by Edwina, Dot, and Dee on percussion. This performance will be free and open to all!
This Mid Atlantic Folk Arts Outreach Project is funded by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Edwina Lee Tyler
Percussionist, composer, vocalist, dancer and actress, Edwina Lee Tyler blends these elements into more than just a performance, but into jubilation. She has pioneered the playing of traditional African percussion instruments by women. Her performances feature a combination of drum, djembe, songbey, conga, steel drum, calabashes, bongos, marimba, kalimba, shekeres, bells, conch shells, slit drums, as well as rattles and wood blocks. Tyler has appeared at Alice Tully Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Theatre Workshop, La Mama E.T.C., the Michigan Festival, and has toured throughout Europe, Africa and Korea.
Dr. Dorothy Adamson (Dot) Holley and Dierdre (Dee) Osiomwan
Dot and Dee are sisters, healers, health care professionals, community leaders, dancers, and drummers. Together they co-founded Nyame Nti Cultural Healing Arts Therapy, Inc. (N-CHAT), a nonprofit organization that integrates the fields of mental health and the arts to promote healing. Both accomplished musicians, Dot received the Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Award working with Baba Baile McKnight in 2007 from the Maryland State Arts Council.