Carolyn Brandy is a percussionist, composer, performer, educator, cultural worker, and grandma. She started playing the conga drums in 1968, and is a pioneer in opening doors for women in the traditionally male world of percussion. She is an expert in the folkloric drumming styles found throughout the island of Cuba.
She was one of the founders of the all-women jazz quintet, Alive! She also founded Sistah Boom in 1981, the popular street marching group in SF. She founded the percussion/vocal group Ojalá which was invited to performed at the Festival Del Caribe in Santiago de Cuba in 2014.
She is also the founder of the non-profit organization, Women Drummers International, and is the producer of the Born To Drum Camp for women, which was created to inspire and empower women students, teachers and performers of hand percussion.