Yorel Lashley


Director of Arts



225 N. Mills Street
Suite #264
Madison, WI 53706

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Yorel Lashley is an educator, percussionist, songwriter, and educational psychologist. In 2001, Lashley founded Drum Power, which has used the process of learning West African Traditional, Afro-Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban percussion to help more than 3,800 young people develop and practice social-emotional skills. In addition to Drum Power, Lashley also created the Relationships First professional development for building and maintaining healthy classroom culture and fully-integrated social-emotional learning. Lashley, who previously performed professionally in New York City for 12 years, currently performs West African, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, and New Orleans Second Line with a range of groups in the Midwest as well as Kankouran West African Dance Company. He also serves as the Director of Arts at PLACE. www.drumpower.com