A sunny little singer found herself performing in one African band after another: The Griot Street Band with Grammy-nominated Griot from Mali Cheick Hamala Diabate, The BuBu Gang with Sierra Leonean musical revolutionary Janka Nabay, and The Bele Bele Rhythm Collective with a powerful troupe of women led by Kristen Arant. The rhythms were infectious. The music took her back to the ground, the earth; her feet felt alive. She began to hear all music through the lens of these percussive sounds. And thus, joined by guitarist Rob Coltun, a band mate in several of these musical projects, she created The Beat Fairy.