B “Wahru” Cleveland has drummed on something since she was a child.  She started playing bongos at age 14 and is now considered an accomplished drummer on the Djembe’, ashiko, bongos, congas, and dunun. She the founder, director and leader of Sistah Ngoma, a professional multicultural women’s drum group, The Spirit Drummers and the Columbus Community Drummers, both are multicultural mixture of female and male drummers in Columbus, OH, and surrounding areas.  She has presented workshops in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Canada. She has facilitated drum circles for the NWMF and other festivals for many years. Wahru started the National Women Music Festival Drum Chorus in 2003. She, with the assistance of Rani Quimba, continues to be the director. She has performed with Ubaka Hill, Nurudafina Abena, Edwina Lee Tyler, Linda Thomas Jones, Balla Sy, and many others.

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June 14, 2019