|Inanna Sisters in Rhythm is an all-women’s percussion and vocal ensemble dedicated to cultural diversity education and healing through the universal language of music. Blending western vocal harmonies with the polyrhythms of West Africa the Middle East and Brazil they create a multicultural fusion beyond tradition. Together for 26 years the band has recorded six full-length albums; been invited to schools to teach drumming and culture to youth; and performed extensively. Through their own teaching, the members of Inanna seek not only to provide musical education but also to cultivate vibrant community.
The band takes its name from the ancient Sumerian goddess Inanna who was worshiped more than 4000 years ago when it is believed that the drummers were predominantly women. Inanna was conceived in Alna Maine in 1989 in the context of a drum class under the tutelage of John McDowell. Their first official gig was on the Winter Solstice 1989 which is the holiday of the Goddess Inanna whose myth recounts her descent and reemergence from the underworld.
At that first concert the women of Inanna witnessed the power of the drum in its role of building conscious community and of cultivating great joy.
Members have traveled throughout the world to study with master drummers. Their teachers include Famoudou Konaté, Yaya Diallo, Layne Redmond, Glen Velez and Babatunde Olatunji. Through their own teaching the members of Inanna seek not only to provide musical education but also to cultivate vibrant community.