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Sarah Jane Riegler

Sarah Jane Riegler

U.S.A / Toronto


When not playing drums in the pan-African hip-hop duo, John Orpheus, you can catch Sarah Jane Riegler behind the DJ decks spinning a diverse blend of sounds that reflect her unique musical journey.

Originally from a tiny town in Northern Michigan, Sarah Jane Riegler relocated to Toronto in 2012 to complete an MA in Ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto after finishing her Bachelor’s in Percussion. Although she focused primarily on classical and avant-garde music in her BA, she simultaneously developed a profound love for the music of sub-Saharan Africa. She started private study of West African percussion nearly a decade ago, and spent a semester studying percussion & dance at the University of Ghana in 2011 while also completing fieldwork around the country.

While out in the clubs in Accra, she became instantly hooked when hearing afrobeats artists like Wande Coal, P-Square, and R2Bees and has been exploring popular music from all over the continent ever since! Craving the incredible energy from the dance floors of continent as well as a platform to showcase genres not often played in downtown Toronto, she created a weekly dance party in February 2018 called Afro Haus that features genres like afrohouse, kuduro, afrobeats, gqom, dancehall, and reggaeton!

Though she primarily spins music from Africa & the Caribbean, Sarah feels equally at home playing hip-hop, r&b, and trap. Whether you need to get a dance floor hype or create some mood music to vibe to, she’s got you covered!