Finca Ará Oko is a project set up by musicians, David Pattman and Vicky Jassey. They are passionate about the power of creativity to improve people’s lives. Building on Bombo Production, a community arts organisation based in London, Finca Ará Oko offers a retreat away from the complex world where guests can immerse themselves in a range of creative classes, good company and nature.
David Pattman is a Latin percussion who has backed artists such as Slim Gailard, Carlos ‘Patato’ Valdez, Daniel Ponce,Papaito, Henry Fiol, Tito Allen, Adalberto Santiago, Tito Nieves, Maelo Ruiz, Marvin Santiago, Cano Estremera and Jimmy Bosch. He has recorded with Jacob Collier, Vic Goddard, Tindersticks, Slim Gailard, Paul McCartney, Snowboy and the Latin Section (8 albums), Alex Wilson (4 albums), Cubanismo, Alfredo Rodriguez (both recorded in Cuba), Cheikh Lo, and Afro Cubism. David has been playing Cuban folkloric drumming in both performance and ritual contexts for twenty-five years. He is a sworn ritual batá drummer who has played alongside many of the most respected elders in Cuba. Over the last ten years, he has dedicated time to sharing his knowledge and has experience of teaching individually, in groups and at university.
Vicky Jassey is a founder and artistic director of Bombo Productions, since 2007. She is also a scholar, musician and educator. She holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Cardiff University and completed her Masters in Performance at SOAS, University of London. She has twenty-five years of experience teaching music and project management. She specialises in Afro-Cuban folkloric music and is a co-director, lead singer and percussionist in Coro de Clave – Cuban Harmony Choir and Orchestra Bombo.