YAEL SHACHAM

YAEL SHACHAM

 

Basic Background Info

 
Birth: Unknown
Location: Israel
Band: Marafanyi Percussion, Doll, Steve Smith, Elisa Peimer
Genres: African
Instruments: Percussion
Occupation: Musician, Instructor
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Biography

 
 
Yael Shacham, born in Israel and raised a world away in New Jersey, has devoted her life to the study and performance of West African drumming.

Yael Shacham has adeptly performed on the djembe, the songba, the kenkene, and the shekere. After stepping away from her music for some time, Yael Shacham recently studied djembe drum and dance in Guinea's national drum and dance company, Les Ballets Africaines.

Yael Shacham has been working with Lara Gonzalez-Howell. Together they created Marafanyi Percussion. Their instrumentation includes djembe, doundoun, songban, kenkeni, krin, gongoma, shekere, bizouki, sitar, and tabla combined with vocals, saxophone, flute, keyboards, and tap shoes.

As Marafanyi, Yael Shacham and Lara teach, perform, and record. Their artistic expression fuses original music and spoken lyrics with traditional West African rhythms and dance. Their holistic programs, whether performance or educational, focus on joyful exploration, empowerment, communication, and cooperation. By encouraging their audiences and students to connect their mind, body, and spirit, they are able to express themselves through rhythm and dance.
 
 

Discography

 
 
Album Year Album Name Album Band
1999 Red Doll
1999 Steve Smith & Buddy's Buddies Steve Smith
2000 Shed This Skin Elisa Peimer
2003 Transparent Elisa Peimer
 

Noise

 
 
  • Yael also works with Music Box Arts and Music Together through programs that enrich lives with music.
 

Instruments of Choice

 
 

Drums

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