Elizabeth, on mallet Kat synthesizer, keyboards, vocals and percussion, has been absorbed in the study and performance of the rhythmic-based music of the Caribbean, West Africa and Latin America for the past 19 years. Her mallet playing has graced the jazz fusion group Wooden Hands, Steve Bloom's Crux Ensemble, and the African jazz group, Mamaya. Elizabeth distills an abiding love of multi-cultural music and dance into the music of Mama Jama.
Fallah's musical career started in 1976 in Monrovia, Liberia.
He was the leader/drummer in the African reggae band, "Musical Messiahs".
He moved to the U.S. in 1989 where he played for the traditional group, "Cross Culture", a caribbean-soca band, "Caribash", and performed as
vocalist and drummer for the contemporary rock and reggae group, "Six".
John, on woodwinds, keyboards, and vocals, and World Wide Web has recorded with reggae superstars Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, and performed with a host of artists including: Ritchie Havens, Stephen Stills, Jimmy Buffet and James Taylor. He has recorded four original albums with Pacific Orchestra and now lends his writing skills to Mama Jama.
Avon is a self-taught musician with a fresh, unorthodox approach. He utilizes upright, fretless, six-string, and synth textures to greatly expand the sonic horizons of the group. His playing balances astonishing improvisational flourishes against a a rock-solid groove and a beautiful lyricism. Avon has played alongside such artists as Max Roach, Wallace Roney, Larry Bright, and Charles Carlton. He has also appeared on numerous live television and radio broadcasts.
Larry, on congas, percussion, and vocals has opened for Tina Turner, and Robert Palmer. His powerful mastery of the drum was the driving force behind the groups Daylight and Mamaya. Mama Jama thrives on the beat, and it is Larry who furnishes the pulse.
Achille on guitar, percussion, and vocals grew up in Camaroon, West Africa, listening to and performing the hot dance music of "highlife".He spent several years in France playing with Jacob Desvarieux, founder of the internationally acclaimed group Kassav.
Achille has lived in Washington D.C. since 1983, performing with various African and Caribbean groups. He brings a soulfully African melodic sense, formidable guitar technique and compelling ryhthms from the talking drum and congas to the music of Mama Jama.