LADAMA is a music ensemble comprised of four musicians from across the Americas who strive to engage youth and other women in their respective communities in the process of music-making, sound design, composition and audio production. We aim to address gender inequality and unequal representation of women in all aspects of music education, industry and business. Through workshops and public performance we encourage all to express their humanity by building community through music.
As musicians we collaborate to create original compositions, bringing together the disparate elements of a traditional band while writing non-traditional music. LADAMA performs modern, soulful and vibrant original compositions that celebrate cross-cultural, Pan-American collaboration. South American and Caribbean rhythms such as cumbia, coco, maracatu, onda nueva and joropo run like currents through pop and soul-infused songs sung in Spanish, English and Portuguese. As educators and facilitators we draw from the specific cultural contexts of the communities that we hope to serve in order to provide a foundation for participants to use music as a basic form of personal expression to address issues pertinent to them.