Barbra Nana Ajantowaa Drummond was born in Townsville, North Queensland in 1982 and was raised in Brisbane and Port Hedland.
Barbra's ancestry includes Aboriginal, Malaysian, Samoan and Torres Strait Islander heritage. Her maternal Grandmother is from Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait, belonging to Wagadagam Tribe with the Crocodile presented as their totem. Her maternal Grandfather is from the Yadhaigana and Wuthathi Tribes, belonging to Injanoo through to Shelburne Bay in Cape York. Her Father comes from the Ashanti Tribe in Ghana, Africa.
In 1998 Barbra first experienced dance in Port Headland with the Pilbara Dance Group. After a death in the family, Barbra was inspired to become a Dancer and at the age of 17 she left her family in search of a career. She came across NAISDA Dance College.
Barbra says that her experience at NAISDA planted a seed that would guide her through a career in dance.
Before joining Bangarra, Barbra's performance experience included NAISDA's 25th Anniversary Show (2001), NAISDA's End of Year Performances (2001-04), Deadly Vibe Awards (2002-04), Rugby World Cup (2003), Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence (2004), and Garma Festival (2004).
Barbra continues her creative and cultural practice and is a proud mother to three sons.