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Zeva started playing drums in Jamaica where she fell in love with Niyambinghi (and other Afro-Caribbean) rhythms. After returning to Miami in 1993, she performed with local reggae bands until she discovered the magic of the djembe. As part of the cultural organization, Journey to Africa (under the direction of Cedric Im Brooks), Zeva helped bring the music of Africa into various South Florida communities.  Her study and performance of traditional West African rhythms continued with djembefola, Andre Crosby (of Trinidad & Tobago) in Nankama 2000.  Some of her other teachers include Tra-Bi Lizie, Bli-Bi Gore, Abou Sylla, Jan Sebon!, Saidouba Camara, & Professor Slap .  In addition, she is a founding member of Mundo Vibe and is featured on the CD, Caribbean Percussion Traditions in Miami.  

In 2000, Zeva was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Guinea, West Africa to study the djembe in its native context with L’Ensemble Symphonique Traditionelle de Guinee (directed by Sekouba Camara). As an accompanist and soloist, Zeva has performed with various dance and theatre companies including Black Door Dance, Oriki Theatre, New World School of Arts, Mundo Vibe, Delou Africa, Re-Create & Move, Roots & Culture, and Takada Women’s Ensemble. Additionally, she plays lead djembe for Children of Kuumba (directed by Anita MacBeth).

Zeva realized a long-term dream in 2003 when she founded Venus Rising: Women's Drum and Dance Ensemble. Her group of talented and women percussionists and dancers perform West Africa, Caribbean, Brazilian and Middle-Eastern music and dance.

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