Dawn's love of a variety of music first came from home. Later, she began traveling and studying world music at the University of Ghana, West Africa where she lived for a year. Upon moving to New York City, she started to play bass and percussion with groups which have included Obini Ashe; Beat the Donkey, Samba New York, The Femm Nameless, Jojo Kuo, Manmzel, Paprika, Azouhouni Adu, Nepo Soteri and others.
Dawn studied and played congas and batá in Cuba, and samba percussion in Brazil, where she played in Rio de Janiero's Carnaval. She has shared the stage with Me'shell N'degeocello, Cyro Baptista, Trey Anastasio, Mo'Guajiro, Los Jovenes del Barrio, Kokolo, Jorge Alabê and members of Antibalas. She has appeared on The CBS Early Show, and Telemundo TV, PBS, WBAI, and played stages such as Symphony Space, SOB's, The Zinc Bar, Rockefeller Center's Rainbow Room, Radio City Music Hall, BAM CAFE, The Walker Art Center, Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, the New Orleans Jazz Festival.
Dawn's band which plays music she writes and arranges, "Dawn Drake & ZapOte" have performed live on WBAI, KPFA Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, Ca, KUSP in Santa Cruz, and WTJU in Charlottesville. They have toured Europe and the East and West Coast of the US, and they were featured performers at BAMCafe Live in 2007, the multi-city Bluemont Concert Series in Virginia, 2008, the Wisteria Cornstalk Festival and Culturefest WV in 2009, the Downtown Berkeley Music Festival in 2009 and 2010, the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe Live Music series 2010, and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Chili Pepper Festival in 2010; the Iowa Women's Music Festival 2011, and the Third Street Music Series and Cortland Main Street Music Series 2012 and 2013 and Sister Space Weekend in Maryland 2013. Her two full-length album and two EPs are available at CD Baby,
www.cdbaby.com/artist/dawndrake and www.itunes.com/dawndrake as well as www.dawndrakeandzapote.bandcamp.com
We are playing an afterwork set at Rockwood Music Hall this Monday, January 23rd, 2017. 8-9 pm. Her...
Original music by Dawn Drake: Latin Funk and Global Mixology at Brooklyn Bowl!