Summer Solstic Live Concert 2007
Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm, is a percussion and vocal ensemble that explores the heritage and rhythms of West Africa, through original arrangements and compositions invoking ancient traditions of the drum. As a group, Inanna members have studied percussion with Karamo Sabally of Gambia, West Africa; John McDowell of the Afro-jazz fusion group "Mamma Tongue"; Yaya Diallo, master drummer from Mali and the author of The Healing Drum; Layne Redmond, author of When the Drummers Were Women; and Famoudou Konaté, one of the world's best known and recognized djembe players. Inanna takes their name from an ancient Sumerian goddess, who held reign more than 4,000 years ago during a period when it is believed that drummers were predominantly women. The ensemble chose the name of this ancient goddess to express their ties with earlier traditions. Inanna is deeply dedicated to the education and cultivation of peace and sharing among cultures through the power of music.