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Women in Percussion Festival

September 10, 2017



Women in Percussion Festival

Oct 11 to 15, 2017 at Lula Lounge


Lula Music and Arts Centre celebrates women in world and Latin percussion with five days of concerts, workshops and drumming-focused conversations featuring leading local artists and international guests. While highlighting the work of top calibre and boundary-breaking percussionists with roots in Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, India, Brazil, Guinea, and the Anishinaabe Nation, Women in Percussion will explore the challenges faced by women drummers as well as the the role of drumming in various cultural and spiritual traditions.


Inspired by the women musicians who pursue their artistic vision in the male-dominated world of drumming, contributing programmers Olga Dominguez and Mabinty Sylla have guided the curation of the festival which has been made possible by Ontario150, The Government of Ontario, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canadian Heritage. Tamar Dina, director of Music Liberatory will introduce and the concerts and workshops.



October 11 Rakkatak + Baobá + Sarah Thawer & Friends 


6pm doors, 7pm show

$15 advance / $20 at the door 

Presented in association with NAC presents across Canada with Introduction by Tamar Dina of Music Liberatory


October 12 Brenda Navarrete + OKÁN + Aline Morale and Jabu Morales 


6pm doors, 7pm show

$15 advance / $20 at the door 


October 13 Madelin Espinosa with Iroko and Papiosco y Los Ritmicos


Free before 8pm/$15 at the door


October 14 Shandra Spears Bombay + Mabinty Sylla + Madelin Espinosa


Shandra Spears Bombay

Ceremony, Spirit and Gender: Anishinaabe Nation Percussion 

Talk and intimate performance. 11am FREE. Reserve at


Mabinty Sylla Workshop

West African Drumming and Dance Workshop (Bring a drum or use our buckets.) This workshop will be delivered in French but you can follow it even if you don’t speak French!

1pm FREE Reserve at


Madelin Espin