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Sheila Alexander Back to all Bios previous | next

Instruments: Djun Djun, Shakere, Krin
Alternate profession: Horticulturist

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Sheila studied dance with Arthur Hall’s Afro-American Dance Ensemble at Ile Ife in Philadelphia. She is a former member of Spirit African Dance Ensemble (Phila.), Diaspora African Dance Ensemble (Phila.), Mundo Vibe (Miami), and Takada (Miami). Sheila began studying djembe in 1998 with Andre Crosby (of Trinidad & Tobago) then focused on studying the Djun Djun with Crosby and Eric Bli Bi Gore (of Guinea, West Africa). Her other teachers include Master drummer Mohamed Camara, Mominatu Camara, Jan Sebon!, and Matthew Hill (Music Dir. Delou Africa Dance Ensemble). Currently Sheila plays lead Djun Djun with Venus Rising (Dir. Zeva Soroker), Delou Africa Dance Ensemble (Dir. Njeri Plato Dioubate), and Children of Kuumba (Dir. Anita MacBeth). She is also an accompanist for Urgent Inc’s. Annual Rites of Passage Program (Youth Empowerment Program), and the Miami Dade School’s Rites of Passage Program. Sheila believes in the spiritual energy evoked by the drums and feels she is honoring the spirit of the ancestors who played the drums before her. Sheila’s goal is to continue to study, create and share this powerful, healing and uplifting music.




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