Artistic Director

 

Vicky is the founder and Artist Director of Bombo Production since 2009. She has worked as a music educator in London for twenty years. 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.

Vicky completed her Masters in Performance at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London in 2013. She went on to receive the prestigious South West Wales Doctoral Partnership scholarship for an ethnomusicology PhD at Cardiff and Exeter University. She also 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. In September 2018 she completed her PhD entitled Tambor Reverberations: Gender, Sexuality and Change in Cuban Batá Performance. In 2019 she published an article in the online Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage magazine called The Rise of Female Batá Drummers: Gender, Sexuality, and Taboo in a Cuban Ritual Tradition.