San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Ojalá which means ‘let it be so’ or ‘hopefully’ is a group of five diverse and talented Maestra female percussionists and vocal artists. This group of women is rich in experience and shares a passion for music and culture. Ojalá blends lushly harmonized original compositions and African American song, in a creative dialogue with Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and other percussion music of the Diaspora, including the music of the traditional Cuban Batá drums.
Originally formed by Carolyn Brandy, the current group is: Amikaeyla Gaston, Regina Wells, Michaelle Goerlitz, Elizabeth Sayre, and Carolyn. This group came together in 2014 to travel to Santiago de Cuba upon an invitation to perform at the Encuentro de Mujeres Percusionistas at the 33rd annual Festival Del Caribe, the largest and oldest festival in Cuba.
Ojalá has also performed with Dr. Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra in 2015 for his work, 1945: A Year of Infamy; and for his most recent work, We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, premiered and performed in 2016. Members of the group also work regularly with the Susana Arenas Dance Company and has performed with her at the Diaspora Diner Concert at the Ashkenaz in Berkeley, CubaCaribe Festival, SF Salsa/Rueda Festival, and the Yemanja Festival held annually in Berkeley, CA.
Susu Pampanin: Spirit of Sultana
Drums, Songs and Dance from Egypt, Morocco and beyond.
Her heartbeat is her drum, her life stories are her songs, her dreams are her dances.
Spirit of Sultana uses songs, timeless melodies, intricate improvisations both melodic (taqasim), and vocal (mawwal, reminiscent of the ancient call to prayer) while highlighting the percussive sounds of its Middle Eastern rhythm section.
Spirit of Sultana will captivate you with alluring melodies, interwoven with rhythms from North Africa and the Middle East drawing inspiration from Andalusian, Tarab (Classic), Sufi, Popular and Folkloric genres.
Spirit of Sultana aspires to take you to a far away place, where the spirit of the queen lives.
Susu Pampanin (percussion) artistic director
Amina Goodyear (percussion, dance)
Fatima Zohra Lahlou (Oud, vocals, percussion)
Mohini Rustagi (percussion)
TerriAnne Gutierrez (percussion, dance)
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Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
Ashkenaz is the East Bay's home to world music & dance... established 1973; nonprofit since 1997. We are always all ages! Kids 12 & under are admitted free unless otherwise noted.
All of our online ticket sales are will call. We will have a list of ticket buyers at the door; you do not need to bring a printout of your ticket/order confirmation.
Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, or 30 minutes before the dance lesson if there is one, unless otherwise noted.
Ashkenaz's Café opens when doors open and offers beer (draft and bottled), wine, kombucha, juices, sodas, coffee and tea, and snacks and light meals (all vegetarian, mostly organic).