Performers

Arlene Sagun

is a founding member of both Maiko and Tabia African-American Theater and has been acting and playing drums for well over 30 years. She is the last of Maiko’s original members, which formed in 1983. She currently serves as Executive Director for the San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild, which is Maiko’s Business Administration. Arlene is Maiko’s Drumming Instructor conducting drum and percussion workshops within the South Bay. Arlene is also an actor with many years of experience. Arlene has currently used her acting skills, appearing with Barry “Shabaka” Henley, in his dynamic play, “ Jungle Bells ”.

Cheryl Scales

Cheryl Bennett-Scales is a member of Maiko and Tabia. She performs in community shows with both groups. She has performed in several of Tabia’s shows including Waiting To Be Invited, Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Home, Long Time Since Yesterday, For Colored Girls… and most notably as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Cheryl is one of the Bay Area’s premier jazz singers; she leads and directs the vocals for Tabia and Maiko.

Adaku Davis

has been Maiko’s current Artistic Director for the past 9 years, ensuring the quality and professionalism of the Ensemble. Adaku performs regularly with Maiko and is also an actor with Tabia African-American Theater Ensemble. Adaku also an artist instructor, teaching Drum Classes under SJMAG’s Arts Education Program. Adaku loves the Magic of live theater and performances . Multi-talented and disciplined, she is a full time teaching artist, actor, drummer, percussionist and performer of poetry.
Cheryl Bennett-Scales is a member of Maiko and Tabia. She performs in community shows with both groups. She has performed in several of Tabia’s shows including Waiting To Be Invited, Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Home, Long Time Since Yesterday, For Colored Girls… and most notably as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Cheryl is one of the Bay Area’s premier jazz singers; she leads and directs the vocals for Tabia and Maiko.