Artistic Director

 

Dr. Vicky Jassey is the founder and Artist Director of Bombo Production since 2009. She has been traveling to Cuba since 2004 to study with several highly regarded ritual drummers and akpónes (lead singers). Together with a small team, she has spearheaded Afro-Cuban folkloric music in the UK by facilitating a range of performance and educational events around the UK. She is a singer and percussionist who specialises in Afro-Cuban folkloric music. She has worked with groups such as Edun Ara, Orchestra Bombo, Dilanga, Geraldo y Sus Amigos, Meta Meta and Rumba Oricha as well as singing and drumming in ritual contexts. She has worked as a music educator in London for twenty years.

Vicky has also pursued academic music studies. She completed her Masters in Performance at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London in 2013. In 2017, Vicky worked as an independent researcher at Florida International University where she completed an oral history project called The Bearers of Sacred Sound based on ritual batá drummers in Miami. Vicky published in the online Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage magazine with an article called, The Rise of Female Batá Drummers: Gender, Sexuality, and Taboo in a Cuban Ritual Tradition. In 2014, Vicky received a scholarship from SWWDTP for an ethnomusicology PhD at Cardiff and Exeter University, which she completed in August 2019 with a thesis is entitled, Tambor Reverberations: Gender, Sexuality and Change in Cuban Batá Performance.