the band


Cathy was born in France, but spent childhood summers in her family’s native homeland of Cameroon, Africa, where she developed a deep love for music and dancing. In 2001 she joined a French R&B Soul choir, and performed live with them for 6 years, recording background vocals for musicals. In 2010 she performed on the Vancouver Olympic Games main stage with recording artist Alpha Yaya Diallo, shortly after recording vocals on his album Immé”. In 2012 she became a lead vocalist and founding member of “Ardent Tribe”. The band has performed in venues across the Lower Mainland. Cathy and the band are currently writing songs for a World Music/Soul Fusion CD, and look forward to sharing their passion for life, and lifting the human spirit through music and dance.


Pat Bermel has been in the entertainment business, as a singer, musician, screenwriter, and actor, for over twenty years. Starting with the musical group “The Company” in Winnipeg, and continuing with live bands on the west coast, he brings his experience and showmanship as a featured performer on television shows, to his role as a vocalist and keyboard player for the band. His greatest passion is composing and writing the band’s world beat originals with Cathy Essombe, that have been garnering industry and public attention and acclaim, and helped the band gain recognition as one of the most promising new original recording acts on the Canadian Music scene.


Patrick had a deep affinity for music at an early age, singing in choirs and in later years with Rock Bands, and performing in clubs around Vancouver and in the U.S. In search of a different musical direction he travelled to Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and other stops in the U.S. From there he landed in Toronto and immediately loved its musical diversity, culture, and people and took up residence there. After taking a hiatus from performing to raise a family there, he returned to his native Vancouver. In 2012 he found a new musical family and direction, and became a lead vocalist and founding member of “Ardent Tribe” with Pat Bermel and Cathy Essombe.


Hailing from the frozen lands of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mike cut his guitar chops playing for a medley of original and cover bands and touring throughout the Prairies. In 1999, he wised up and moved west to Vancouver to find other projects to play, and enjoy better weather. Now he brings his energy and experience to the joyful sounds of Ardent Tribe.


Jeff Tobin is a professional drummer who hails from Montreal and the passionate climes of La Belle Province, where he cut his musical teeth. He lives and plays now on the West Coast, and brings his irresistible beat to ARDENT TRIBE’S dance originals. Jeff is the passionate comedian of the band, but also a tremendously accomplished percussionist, playing with strength, soul, and technical precision. Jeff is also a patient and inspiring drum instructor, having taught 100’s of students over the past 35 years.


Greg Kennedy plays alto and tenor saxophone and has studied with local saxophone guru Stan Karp. He has performed in local big bands Urbana, Forward Motion Orchestra, funk reggae outfit The Unified, and old school R&B surf rock band the 327s. When not playing music he can be found unicycling and measuring things …


A life-long student of music, Marco has been playing since as long as he can remember, and performing with bands throughout Vancouver, Victoria, and the rest of the province, including the 450 piece Afrobeat band Kárà-Kátà. He brings a soulful funky vibe and groove to every song, and floats in his own unique and mystical universe, inhabited by true lovers of Soul and science fiction.