About Sabira

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ABOUT SABIRA WOOLLEY

With her pure and expressive voice, and inspired musicianship, Sabira is an artist who reaches the soul. Her performances are playful, her messages are insightful, deep and compassionate. Her music appeals to a wide range of people of diverse ages and tastes.

Sabira has toured throughout California, the Caribbean, Western Canada, Mexico, Greece, France and Hawaii, expanding her musical range from multi-cultural influences. Sabira has performed in numerous Concerts, Expositions, Cruise Ships, Musicals, Rennaissance Faires, Street Theatre Troupes, Wholistic Celebrations and Benefits. She has been featured on TV shows including a PBS concert special and a spot on P.M. Magazine. Her original music has received airplay on California radio stations (B100, KIFM, KGB and KSDS). Sabira has written, recorded and performed compositions for special events, awareness courses, meditation workshops and documentaries. Her customized original meditation music and voice recordings have gained a wide and appreciative audience.

Sabira lives in southern CA in the country, surrounded by wilderness, and still not far from the sea. She is of English, Irish, Scottish and Cherokee heritage. Her given name has ancient roots and varied historical meanings. Her version is from far back in her English family tree, and pronounced “sAy-brr-äh”. 
Sabira found her calling in her early teens. At age 16, she sang and played guitar with a group of talented buskers in The Gastown district of Vancouver, Canada. Always eclectic, she moved to the San Francisco bay area, began playing the banjo, and sang folk, rock, reggae, jazz and opera in various coffeehouses and nightclubs. 
In San Diego, Sabira and keyboard virtuoso Ron Nathan formed the Island Fever band, and Sabira added the sparkling sound of steel pan. Island Fever became so popular that they often play 7 days a week and multiple shows on weekends.

Island Fever recorded two CDs of Caribbean songs. Sabira Woolley, Ron Nathan, and Jasmine Feliz recorded “Eckasha Flame”; a CD of original meditation music, that has become very popular and received many glowing reviews. Following that, they recorded Ron Nathan’s original African inspired CD, “Savannah Dreams”. Sabira has been slowly and lovingly completing her current original music compilations.

Sabira writes helpful and entertaining articles for professional and aspiring to be professional musicians for BellaOnline.

MUSICAL TRAINING

San Francisco: Sabira studied voice under the tutelage of famed classical instructor, Stewart Brady.

Palo Alto: Sabira attended numerous guitar and harmony singing workshops with renowned  folksinger Carol McComb.

San Diego: Sabira had extensive vocal training with Seth Riggs techniques by Rebecca Drake, vocal coach for Hollywood stars.

Music major in college with emphasis on gospel, chorus, and solo voice.

BANDS PAST AND PRESENT

Sabira sings and plays lead steel pan in her band, Island Fever, as well as several other bands, and is also a free-lance vocalist/instrumentalist in live performance and the recording studio.

BANDS

Island Fever® (Music of the Tropics featuring Steel Pans) since 1993

Class Act (Variety Dance Band)

Ma Belle & The Ringie Dingies® (50s & 60s Revue)

The Gangbongers® (60s hippy/psychedelic era Revue)

Rapt Presence® (Holiday Specialty)

PRIOR BANDS

Crawfish Pie (Cajun & Zydeco)

Sabira & Living Fire (Neo-Ethnic Unity Dance Music)

Solaris (New Age/World Beat)

Backstreets (Original Folk)

Rags To Riches (Renaissance Period English and Irish Folk)

Music For The Mime (Guitar, Vocal & Performance Art)

Crazy Quilt Mime Company. (Performance Art, Guitar, Vocal, Face & Body Painting)

Sunnyside Swing Band (Pop, Rock, Folk, Jazz)

Sassafras & Moonshine (Folk, Topical, Original)

DISCOGRAPHY

“SAVANNAH DREAMS” current project, just released

“ECKASHA FLAME” Azurite Press 2003

“PIRATE’S PARTY” Island Fever 1995

“WINNING SHADES OF BLUE” Theme for San Diego “Earth Day On The Bay”  1991

“I GET THE PICTURE” George Ashie Productions

“TURN ON THE MUSIC” George Ashie Productions

“WE’LL GET THERE” George Ashie Productions

“DYNAMIC MANIFESTATION SYSTEMS” Original Music and Narration for a series of Meditation Workshops

“THE GIFT” by Bob Joyce (BMI) Jeannie Records 1976

XSCRIBE CORPORATION Original Music and Narration for Video Training Tapes

INFLUENCES

Alison Krauss, Angelique Kidjo, Aretha Franklin, Astrud Gilberto, Basia Trzetrzelewska, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Cockburn, Chrissie Hynde, Emmy Lou Harris, Enya, Fleetwood Mac, Gloria Estefan, Grace Slick, The Grateful Dead, Heart, Ho’onu’a, I-Three, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, The Judds, Judy Mowatt, Kate Wolf, Katie Melua, Laura Nyro, Linda Ronstadt, Lord Kitchener, Marcia Griffiths, Maria Muldaur, Miriam Makeba, Nara Leáo, Patti LaBelle, Paul Simon, Pentangle, Peter Paul and Mary, Rita Coolidge, Rita Marley, Sade, Selena, Simon and Garfunkel, Steeleye Span, Sting, Taj Mahal, Walela…..

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