Photo credit: Vaschelle Andre

Current members:

L to R: (standing) Cynthia Lewis, Sandy Mills, Charlene Gumbs,
Mar Stevens, Shawn Nealy, Salina Gray, (sitting) La Tanya Carmical.

Sisters of the Drum events for February, 2016

Birthing Justice Book Launch
When: February 24, 2016, Wednesday, 7:00pm
Where: Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94613
Free, Register through:

The Birthing Justice anthology shares deeply moving stories by black women about giving birth and childbirth activism. The editors and contributors trace the origins of birth injustice to the first medical experiments carried out on enslaved women, they unpack the hidden history of the granny midwives who birthed the majority of childrenwhite and blackin post-Emancipation South, and they explore the rise and impact of the medical industrial complex. Along the way, they share transformative testimonies of struggle, activism and healing. This book will transform forever the way you think about childbirth!

Join co-editors Alicia D. Bonaparte and Julia Chinyere Oparah, guest readers from Black Women Birthing Justice and special guests Sistahs of the Drum for an evening of celebration and inspiration. Hosted by powerhouse reproductive justice advocate Shanelle Matthews.

Sistahs of the Drum events for April, 2015

Women Drummer's International presents:
"A Benefit Concert for Mabiba Baegne"
When: April 19, 2015, Sunday, 7pm
Where: La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Tickets: $18.00 Advance / $20.00 Door

Sistahs of the Drum events for March, 2015

Transformative Visions
Art Show*Spoken Word*Jazz Concert
A OneLife Institute production
When: March 21, 2015, Saturday, 2pm - 5pm
Where: Impact Hub, 2323 Oakland, CA
Free Event

Sistahs of the Drum events for February, 2015

Black History Celebration
When: February 26, 2015, Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Willard Elementary School, Berkeley, CA

Sistahs of the Drum events for January, 2015

Eastbay Meditation Center Benefit with Angela Davis and Jon Kabat-Zinn
When: January 15, 2015, Thursday, 7pm - 9pm
Where: Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, CA

Martin Luther King Oratorical
When: January 19, 2015, Monday, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Where: San Leandro Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro, CA

October, 2014 Sistahs of the Drum presents!

A Drum Journey thru the Diaspora
A performance gathering of founding, former, current and supporting members of the Sistahs of the Drum collective.
When: October 5, Sunday
Reception: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Concert: 3:30 pm
The last two have been standing/dancing room only! Please arrive during the reception for seats.
Where: Montclair Women's Cultural Arts Club
1650 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94611
Cost: Adults $15. Children 12 and under $5
Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets 
A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
Photo credit: Vaschelle Andre

Sistahs of the Drum events for February, 2014

Taylor Memorial Methodist Church
When: February, 23, Sunday, 10:00 am service
Where: 1188 12th St., Oakland, CA
Skin : a new monthly dance party celebrates global sounds that have roots in African music.

When: February 8, 2014, Saturday, 8pm - 2am
Sistahs of the Drum will provide live drumming from 11pm - 11:30 pm and party throughout the night.
Where: Venue Oakland, 420 - 14th St., Oakland, CA (Downtown Oakland)
$5 cover before 10pm. $10 cover after 10pm.

Sistahs of the Drum events for January, 2014

Martin Luther King Oratorical Festival
When: January 20, 2014, Monday, 11am - 1 pm
Sistahs of the Drum will drum in-between student presentations.
Where: Titan Auditorium, Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro, CA 94579
Free event 

2013 Excelsior Arts and Music Festival
September 29, 2013
11am - 4pm
Ocean Ave @ Mission Street, San Francisco

Sistahs of the Drum events for April, 2013

Commitment Ceremony
When: April 20, 2013
Where: Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco