ADAAWE Bios

JOSELYN WILKINSON
                         Joselyn is the founder of ADAAWE. Born and raised in
                        Montana, she grew up acting, singing and dancing. She
                        studied at the University of Ghana, UCLA, and in Senegal.

                        Her award winning research on the women's music of
                        Ghana was the inspiration for the group. She has also
                        produced festivals and performed with Joselyn & wild roots,
                        Makina Loca, the African Brazilian Connection and others.
She brings her vocals, songwriting, tama talking drum,
djembe and conga to ADAAWE.

BRIDGET GRAHAM
                        Bridget’s roots are in North Carolina and New York City. She
                        moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career in film and
                        television and has appeared in numerous commercials and
                        T.V. programs such as "Murder One" and films such as "The
                        Great White Hype." Besides Bridget's studio vocal
                        experience, she has also performed live with Wadada, Najite,
                        Rocky Dawuni, Francis Awe, and Yoruba House. Her voice
                        shines in ADAAWE’s musical fabric.

 

MONIQUE AFENJAR
                        Being born in Morocco and raised in Israel, music was a
                        daily part of Monique's life. A natural vocalist and musician,
                        she brings the rhythms of the Middle East, the timbre of the
                        frame drum and strong vibrations of the djun djun to
                        ADAAWE. She studied the bendir (Egyptian tambourine)
                        and the darabukah with Salaheddin Tekesh and the
                        doumbek with Polly Ferber. Monique has also performed
                        with Wadada and Yoruba House.

PHYLLISS BAILEY BROOKS
                        Phylliss is a graduate of USC and hails from Los Angeles,
                        where she grew up working in the entertainment industry.
                        This multi-talented woman is an accomplished actress,
                        vocalist & musical/ vocal director. She has performed
                         internationally with her one-woman cabaret show, and has
                        worked on TV hits "In Living Color," "Grace Under Fire" and
                        "MADtv”. She was also an original cast member of the
                        Broadway hit "Jelly's Last Jam." Phylliss adds her virtuoso

talent as a featured vocalist.


NAKEILTHA CAMPBELL
                        Nakeiltha grew up in Panama surrounded by traditional
                        culture and music. She studies West African Drumming of
                        Guinea with Mamady Keita (Djembe Fola). Nakeiltha has
                        performed with Bakra Bata steel drum ensemble, Leon
                        Mobley, Candy Sosa, Long John Oliva, Francisco
                        Aguabella and many others at venues such as the
                        Hollywood Bowl and the NAACP Image Awards. She adds

an exciting stage energy as well as her masterful percussion work to the group.

 

DEZ “THE PHAROAH”
                         The Pharoah has given her entire life over to the creation of
                         wonderfully intriguing music. Captivating her audience, she
                         has been blessed with the ability to soothe the heart and
                         ease the mind. From drums, to sax, to trumpet, to flute, to
                         vocals....she has not ceased to amaze those left in disbelief.
                         She prides herself the ability to remain humble and always
                         willing to give her music to the listener.

 

ANINDO
                         Anindo began her musical career in her homeland of
                         Kenya, and enjoyed a successful solo career in Europe.
                        Anindo has performed with Babatunde Olatunji, Leon
                        Mobley’s Da Lion, Katherine Dunham, and is a certified
                        Dunham technique instructor. As a vocal contractor, she
                        has worked on such films as "The Air Up There",
                        "Kazaam", "Slave of Dreams", "Congo", and "Ali". She
                        also worked with Russ Landau on CBS's "Survivor Africa",

in Kenya and most recently on Bones for FOX TV. Her vocals, and djembe

expertise add color to ADAAWE’s rainbow of music.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR SISTER – DAYNA FRANKLIN 1963 -2008



 

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