Upper Arlington News

Sistah Ngoma & Friends set UA performances

'The Art of Living Well' to feature drums, songs and dance


A multicultural women's drum group will bring its Afro-rhythm stylings to the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center for two performances this weekend.

African drum songs and world beat rhythms will be featured Feb. 22 and 23 when Columbus-based Sistah Ngoma & Friends performs its "Art of Living Well" show for the first time at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

Tickets can be reserved or ordered online in advance of the shows for $15 through SolomonrainPresents.com. Those who register before 6 p.m. Feb. 22 will receive that rate.

Tickets also will be available at the door both nights for $20.

"This is the first time they're performing here, but they are pretty well known in the Columbus area," said Jerry Weekly, an Upper Arlington resident and founder of Solomonrain Presents. "This is a very unique group of ladies, and they're a multicultural group."

Doors for both shows will open at 7 p.m. The performances will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Weekly said Sistah Ngoma will perform African drum songs and world beat rhythms; audience participation will be encouraged and led by Pat Funderburg, founder of Afro-Rhythms.

Freda Ayodele and Yvonne Mumin will present African dances, followed by an invitation for audience participation.

The audience is also invited to join the Wahru lead drum circle following the performance. As such, Weekly said, attendees can bring drums, shakers and other percussion instruments -- including old metal pie pans or pots.

"My mission is to bring people together to create art," Weekly said. "I just wanted to bring some diversity and something different to Upper Arlington."

Additional information about the performances and Sistah Ngoma can be found on the websitea at SolomonrainPresents.com.