Donavon and his history in Arabic Drumming

Ojai Bellydance Festival attracts many amazing, kindhearted musicians and dancers to its charming oasis in Southern California.  While I was pleasantly surprised at how many new people from Ojai I met, it was a treat to spend a few minutes with one of Los Angeles’ own treasures, the arabic percussionist Donavon Lerman. Donavon is well known in … Read more

Of Dancers and Drummers

Issam and Alia On August 14, 2011 Issam Houshan taught a free drum workshop at the Housewarming party for Los Angeles Bellydance Academy.  Having studied doumbek (Middle Eastern drum) for 2 years, I made sure to be there.  Issam is famous for being the main drummer for Bellydance Superstars, but he has also played for … Read more