With the help of a OneBeat Accelerator, Jennifer Meza Mayorga (aka Jenn del Tambó) launched “Mujeres al Tambor”; A series of online percussion workshops for over 100 women in Latin America to share and learn traditional rhythms and drums of the Colombian Caribbean. By connecting through art, the online workshops will empower and strengthen a network of women.
In all 1,208 people registered for the workshops, with participants from 24 countries joining in from throughout the Americas, Europe, and Africa. Over the course of 8 workshops, participants exchanged ancestral, musical and cultural knowledge, feelings, and empowerment, with Jenn and her collaborator Orito Cantora leading each session.
You can watch the 3rd workshop, in which participants explored the origins of and learned to play Bullerengue rhythms, here.
Jenn del Tambó is a virtuosic and award-winning percussionist from Barrancabermeja, Colombia. She started her musical training at a young age and is dedicated to the art of traditional music of Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Jenn works tirelessly to develop projects supporting community and women’s empowerment, and is an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and gender equality through the Tamboreras Network of Colombia and Suiza. Jenn is also the founder of Red de Tamboreras, an all-female collective of percussionists in her hometown. In 2011, Jenn was awarded the best performer of the Tambor Alegre in the XXVII edition of the National Festival of Gaitas, and became the first woman to win in the history of the event.