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7/8/2014 6:05:00 AM
Uma Zuma Duo now back at Marketplace Cafe
Uma and Dave Ojeda perform as the Uma Zuma Duo Thursdays at Marketplace Cafe in the Villate of Oak Creek. Uma returned to the Sedona area after almost 12 years away.
Uma and Dave Ojeda perform as the Uma Zuma Duo Thursdays at Marketplace Cafe in the Villate of Oak Creek. Uma returned to the Sedona area after almost 12 years away.

A former Sedona resident and past performer with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Eric Miller, Chris Spheeris and Cory and winner of the Great Arizona Talent Search, Uma has recently returned with her new music-playing husband Dave Ojeda. Uma met Dave while singing at church in Waikoloa, Hawaii. She quickly convinced him to return to the guitar as he was a working bass player in a rock band at the time. The Uma Zuma Duo was born and together they played many gigs in Hawaii.

Uma left Sedona almost 12 years ago and is thrilled to be back, to hike the breathtaking red rocks, enjoy yoga & Zumba. She now teaches Zumba and is a Yoga Vortex Hike leader with Spirit Sedona Yoga Hikes. She is also keeping busy researching and writing grants for the Children's World Peace Organization that conducts peace building classes for youth in Kenya, Mexico & Nepal.

A big upcoming project with near to completion funding is the Earth & Sky Peace School which will help students ages 8 to 25 find what they love to do in life, apprentice, practice, and make a successful living at it. The jobs encouraged include professional musician, dancer, author, sound engineer, videographer, sound & video producer among other careers while learning sustainability, agricultural and husbandry topics and exercising daily.  Visit Dave is assisting in the school project and playing bass in the classic rock band Eleventh Hour.

The Uma Zuma Duo is playing music frequently at the Marketplace Cafe: every week in July on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. The show is very family friendly as youth are invited to help play percussion on many songs! They are currently finishing up a new single to be released on iTunes before summer's end.

They cover pop, light rock, R&B, blues, reggae & jazz hits including this favorite 'Stuck like Glue' by Sugarland. Keep up with them at for upcoming events, songlists, bios, demos, etc.

"It is exciting to have Uma and Dave on stage at MPC and we look forward to Thursday Nights becoming a special weekly event" says Ken Rouse, owner of the Marketplace Café.

For reservations, call the restaurant at 928-284-5478.

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