Beverly Botsford

Beverly BotsfordAbout the Artist:
Beverly Botsford is a cross-cultural percussionist and educator who blends music, movement and spoken word in solo and ensemble presentations. Embracing drumming traditions of Africa, Cuba, Brazil and her native North Carolina, she celebrates more than 30 years of professional experience, performing, teaching and touring around the world. Highlights include 13 years with Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble, American Dance Festival faculty and over a decade of touring globally with Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist, Nnenna Freelon. The language of rhythm is universal and her goal is empowerment, enlightenment and inspiration for people in all walks of life.

Current Projects:
As a cross-cultural percussionist, Beverly Botsford uses rhythm and percussion as a tool to build bridges; to educate, empower, inspire and to promote racial and cultural understanding.

She offers a variety of solo and ensemble performances, as well as workshops, residencies, master classes and lecture/demonstrations. Solo offerings include “Dancing Drums” for families or schools and “Hand to Heart” for community audiences. “Drums Alive”, “Tambor Vivo” and “Percussive Jazz Theater“ are ensemble offerings. Current workshops include “Drum Talk” and “Catch a Groove”.

Beverly tailors all presentations to the needs of the presenter, the audience and in educational settings, to the curriculum.

Contact Info:
P.O. Box 62312
Durham, NC  27715

Fee Structure: *

  • Solo performances and residencies:
    • $500 to $1500 per day
    • $2500 to $5000 per week
  • Ensemble performances: $1500-$5000

*These fees do not include housing and transportation.
*NEGOTIABLE – specifics of fees depend on travel, personnel, and length of program.

Artistic Discipline:

  • dance
  • music
  • spoken word
  • poetry
  • multidisciplinary
  • folkloric/traditional cultural
  • storytelling

Special programs available for:

  • Colleges and universities
  • K-12
  • Senior Centers
  • Immigrant populations
  • Hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Audiences with Disabilities


1. Beverly with Urban Bush Women – “Uncensored”, Jan. 2010, NYC

2. With Nnenna Freelon and band at the Panama Jazz Festival, 2007

3. Tambor Vivo

Download Work Samples here

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.