Arabel has lived in the UK, Brazil and Tanzania and speaks a few languages. She has a degree, a masters, works for a major educational institution in Liverpool, is a hospital volunteer and an enthusiastic voluntary drummer. With an Afro-Brazilian background, Arabel engages with Afro-Brazilian artforms first through dance and later through drumming the vibrant rhythms of samba-reggae from Brazil. Arabel is a drummer in Batala, a worldwide drumming project with footing also in Liverpool. She regularly performs at Notting Hill Carnival, has played at Wembley Stadium, supported the Sugababes and is passionate about drumming locally, nationally and across the globe.
“Talking about empowerment through music?! What an opportunity this project is for all women taking part. Brighter Sound’s Both Sides Now programme running in Liverpool this time with Stealing Sheep, is captivating in that is addressing through music and artistic collaboration the inequality women still endure 100 years on since the suffrage. Very recently I was thrilled to perform at the Northern Power Women Awards. Now I feel very privileged to have been selected to learn from and to contribute to another northern and valuable initiative advancing women’s skills and showcasing women’s contribution to society.”