Drumming & Percussion

Johara is a musician, drummer, and percussionist and has been performing for over 20 years.  She is also an alumna of Berklee College of Music where she studied jazz and world music. Johara is the lead drummer of Meraki Caravan and plays various Middle Eastern percussion including doumbek, frame drum, darbuka, tapan/davul, riq, zills, and Gnawa qraqebs. She has also performed with renowned Lebanese violinist Freddie Ellias, Jacques Pardo’s Cosmos Factor, Ibrahim’s Work Beat Band, the Cuban group Mando Sweetie, and many other ensembles and bands throughout the years. As an experienced and educated musician and dancer, Johara is well-versed in several musical styles from all over the world.


Meraki Caravan

About Meraki Caravan

Meraki Caravan is a music ensemble without borders.  Experience folk and fusion music of the Balkans, Romani, Mediterranean, Middle East, and more -  with eastern melodies, soulful vocals, and world rhythms.  Featuring voice, violin, guitar, mandolin, oud, harmonium, Middle Eastern drums and percussion.  Our Meraki Caravan dancers also perform traditional belly dance, Romani inspired dance, Middle Eastern folk dance, fusion belly dance, veil spinning, and sword balancing.  Together, this ensemble creates a lively and diverse music and dance experience for their audiences. 

Middle Eastern & World Rhythms Drum Circles


World Rhythms Drum Circle in Cambridge

once per month on Sunday from 12:15-2:15pm

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Cambridge

facilitated by Johara Boston

RSVP:  johara@snakedancetheater.com 

Address: 2 Church St, Cambridge MA, in Harvard Square, (side entrance of the church) 

Free on-street parking/across from MBTA Harvard Square stop at the Church street exit.

Free for church members/$5 non-church members - dancers welcome!

Come join a circle of drummers of all levels, together we’ll explore rhythms from around the world and create our own organic beats! Bring a drum of any kind including frame drums or hand percussion.

*Some extra drums and hand percussion will be available.  Let me know if you need a drum (please remember to take off all rings while playing)

For upcoming announcements, join my group on Facebook:  

Middle Eastern Drum and Percussion in Boston  https://www.facebook.com/groups/195982183915519/