It was 1994 when Marilyn first picked up the sticks after taking a west African dance course in college, and her life changed for the better. That course, with its live drumming and traditional tribal dance, inspired her to buy a drum and hitchhike to California to immerse herself in west African music and dance. Marilyn now offers an authentic, polyrhythmic style built through 20 years of traditional tribal drumming and dance study, and she plays a drum kit like no other. Her rhythmic style is smooth with a serious drive and smatterings of original digital sound samples. Her vocal style is original and rich. That Marilyn sings while she plays gives her drumming a very melodic feel, and her ability to connect with the audience makes her an engaging performer.
More than a singing drummer, Marilyn is also a songwriter, drum instructor, dance teacher and choreographer. She has successfully served as founding director, choreographer, lead dancer and lead female drummer of several drum and dance ensembles, including: the Afro Stylie Percussive Dance Experience, the Afreaks, YOMA's; Nyokabok, and Wara Foli among others, performing widely in California, the western US, AB and BC at festivals like: Whole Eart Festival (Davis, CA); Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (CALIF); War Child (Nelson, BC); Canmore Children's Festival (Canmore, AB); Market Fest (Nelson, BC); Shambhala Music Festival (Salmo, BC); Kelowna Life and Arts Festival and many more. As well, she has performed live on radio stations: KVMR FM (Nevada City, CA ) Radio Tamba (Tambacounda, Senega, west Africa) and CJLY (Nelson, BC).
Listed in the Female Drummers Hall of Fame (Top 50) by Drum Asylum, Marilyn's experience lends an earthy feel to Soundserious music.