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Saeed Abbas in from the Hausa tribe in Accra, Ghana.  A child prodigy, he auditioned into Ghana's premier Dance Ensemble at 19 becoming their master drummer and toured many parts of the world with them.  In 2004 was invited to the US to teach children with disabilities in the Portland, OR.  In 2008 he moved to the East Coast performing and teaching at various schools and colleges including Berklee College of Music, Dartmouth, etc.  Now back on Whidbey Island, WA, Abbas teaches and performs.  He was selected for the 2018 Teaching Artist List of WSAC.  Abbas loves to share his music!

PERFORMANCE: Saeed Abbas and the Gye Nyame Ensemble will perform on the Mural Amphitheater Stage. 

WORKSHOP: Ghanaian Hand Drum. Ghana traditional rhythms and others. Will teach to all levels in workshop.


Sarah Lee Parker is a hot-blooded American who has found her soul in Guinea West Africa. Since her first visit to Senegal and Guinea in 2004, and during her subsequent 14 multi-month return visits, her whole life has become about building a two-way bridge of learning and understanding between Guinea and the west. Passionately seeking to level the playing field for people of color, she facilitates awareness and transformation through dance, music and cultural immersion. During these 15 trips to Africa, Sarah Lee has hosted hundreds of Americans, Canadians, Europeans, Chinese and Japanese participants of all ages as they discover the power and strength of Guinean Culture, and has studied with dozens of exceptional dancers, most notably Youssouf Koumbassa, Moustapha Bangoura, Sorel Conte, Alseny Bangoura, Mamadama Bangoura, Salia Camara and Aly Mara. She has trained with Wassa So, Ballet Matam and Ballet Djoliba. Sarah Lee is an accomplished dancer, an excellent teacher, and most notably a bold unabashed stand for creating a world that works for everyone. While in Seattle, Sarah Lee performs with One World Dance & Drum & Kouyate Arts, and teaches at the University of Washington Dance Department, Velocity and Balance Dance Studios.

Sarah is offering a workshop on Dances from Guinea West Africa.  


Sheree Seretse was born in Kansas and moved extensively throughout her childhood. Sheree pursued her studies in Ethnomusicolgy at the University of Washington. She has been teaching and performing since 1973. She brings a rich background as a professional musician and teacher to Spruce Street School, where she has taught music since the 2000-2001 school year. Sheree has traveled extensively in Africa and infuses her teaching with cultural studies. Sheree teaches community classes for youth and adults throughout Seattle, and directs the Anzanga Marimba Ensemble, Shumba Youth Marimba Ensemble and Zambuko African-American Marimba Ensemble. Sheree presents performances and workshops Internationally. Sheree’s group Anzanga competed in the International Marimba and Steel Pan Festival in South Africa in August 2012 and placed first in the Battle of the Bands. Sheree enjoys engaging and inspiring our students with exciting musical experiences.

Sheree has 2 offerings:

Sheree performs with Anzanga on the Armory Main Stage.

Sheree is teaching a workshop on Beginning Marimba Music of Zimbabwe.


Seattle Hand Drummers is a group dedicated to bringing hand drummers together! The mission of this group is simple: Get together and go nuts playing!  Do you play a hand drum?  Hand drummers of any type and skill level are all welcome (Djembe, Doumbek, Dhol ... bring it on !!!). We frequently receive requests from acoustic musicians who want to see what it is like to play with a drum circle as diverse as ours.  If you play an acoustic instrument and would like to join us, you are welcome to!  Also musicians in and around Seattle are welcome to recruit hand drummers for your band, next gig etc. from us. 

WORKSHOP:  "Community Engagement" with Nathan Collins

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