Dr. Victoria Jassey is the founder of The Bearers of Sacred Sound, which she set up in collaboration with Florida International University, University of Miami, Digital Libraries of the Caribbean, Cuban Research Institute and History Miami South Florida Folklife Center. Her main responsibilities included: Researcher, writer and ethnographer.
Dr. Jassey is a scholar, musician, artist director and educator. She holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Cardiff University and completed her Masters in Performance at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Dr. Jassey has been part of a team which has spearheaded Afro-Cuban folkloric music in the UK by facilitating a community arts organisation, Bombo Productions, which mobilises artists within the genre to create and support a range of performance and educational events around the UK.
With a special thanks to the following contributors...
David Pattman is a British musician who has spent short periods of time working as a Latin and ritual percussionist in Miami since 1990. His contribution to this project has been invaluable in gaining access to the inner echelons of the ritual music scene in Southern Florida. Many of those who agreed to be interviewed did so because of the respect David has gained over the years both as a person and as a musician.
David has been travelling to Cuba to study folkloric drumming since 1993. He was initiated to Añá by Angel Bolaños in Havana in 2004. He has played an intrinsic role in the Latin percussion and ritual music scene in the United Kingdom.
Miguel Asencio is the director of the Digital Libraries of the Caribbean (dLOC) at Florida International University. Mr Asencio was instrumental in providing research support and providing audio-visual recording materials.