Kristen Arant is a musician, activist and teaching artist. Originally an oboe player majoring in music and inspired to drum via her activist pursuits, Kristen has studied West African drumming, song and percussion for 20 years in order to utilize these art forms as her primary tools in furthering her mission. Kristen is the founder of the DC-based non-profit Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project, founder of the all-women’s West African drumming ensemble Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, and proprietor of Drumlady LLC.