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’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.
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 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 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