Ubaka Hill

Ubaka Hill

at Touch Mother Earth
Gathering of the Tribes Festival
May 16-18, 2023

Ubaka Hill

Ubaka Hill

UBAKA HILL is an inspirational visionary artist and influencer who leads by helping to improve the quality of life through art, music performances, workshops and community initiatives. She is both a solo and ensemble performer of spoken word, world music and percussion. Ubaka is a Teaching Artist of hand drums and percussion instruments over 30yrs. She presents her workshops and multi-cultural concerts for all communities and ages - nationally and internationally. With Percussion, Poetry and Songs, Ubaka uses her creativity to empower and inspire creative self-expression, self-cultivation, healing and community building. Ubaka has been included, interviewed and quoted in print and documentary film.

Gathering of the Tribes Festival

May 26-28th, in Farmingdale, NJ- Monmouth County. Music, song, drum, dance, Mind-Body-Spirit, workshops, camping or day.

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Ubaka is a Teaching Artist of hand drums and percussion instruments over 30yrs. She presents her workshops and multi-cultural concerts for all communities and ages – nationally and internationally. With Percussion, Poetry and Songs, Ubaka uses her creativity to empower and inspire creative self-expression, self-cultivation, healing and community building. Ubaka has been included, interviewed and quoted in print and documentary film.

She has been acknowledged and awarded for her leadership and influence for positive social change through the arts and inspirational public speaking. Ubaka received the 2019 “Agent of Change – Voices In Action Award presented by the TMI Project.

Million Women Drummers Global Initiative (MWDG): Global volunteer organization of local drummers, instrument makers, musicians, environmentalists, earth stewards and educators for a sustainable future of Tress and the Drums and other wooden musical instruments made from them. 2010 – Present

* Drumsong Institute of Women’s Drumming Traditions: The first known museum and archive collection of drums, percussive instruments, books, cds, videos, dvds, vinyl albums, note cards, art, jewelry and more. The collection began with Ubaka’s personal collection and expanded with donated items from various people. 1990 – Present

* DrumMa Award: A hand crafted iron statuette presented to women drummers who are leaders and pioneers. The DrumMa Award has been presented to 7 women drummers and visionaries since 2007.

Drumsong OrchestraA drum and percussion community of hand drummers who take Ubaka’s Art & Spirit of Drumming workshops and intensives. Participants perform songs learned with Ubaka during her performance. 1995 – Present

*LeadershipMember of the Advisory Council of the Women’s Leadership Center at Omega, We Want The Land Coalition, Planning Committee of the Woodstock Women’s March. Former member of Harambee and the Board of Directors of The African Roots Library.

*Music and Art: Music CDs of her original songs and spoken word.with drums, percussion and other artistic instruments. Drummers of all levels and professional musician and vocalist are featured on many of her songs. Gifted Oil Painter, visual artist and crafter of unique hand crafts.

The “UBE! Drum” is the Ubaka Hill Signature drum that Ubaka plays. The UBE! Drum was co-designed and built by Raven Tekwe of Wing Of The Heron Drums.

Ubaka is a Teaching Artist and Music Director of the Percussion Orchestra of Kingston (P.O.O.K), a multi- cultural, inter-generational community Arts Education project of The Peacefull Guardians Project, Inc.