Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, Boyanna moved to the US when she was 9 years old, as her family escaped Communism and came to America in search of a better life. She began playing the drums at the age of 11 in her middle school band. When she was 14, Boyanna moved to New Orleans with her family. The city's rich musical heritage made an imprint on the young drummer; she was enchanted by the ever present street parades and abundance of live music all around. Learning from the masters who were more than willing to share their knowledge, Boyanna decided to dedicate herself to the art of drumming. Today Boyanna has become an in-demand drummer in a city of legendary drummers, though, frustratingly, she gets noticed more for her gender than her craft. Boyanna is well known for her percussive versatility, switching seamlessly between genres such as jazz, Dixieland, blues and funk, to Afrobeat, reggae, Balkan and Klezmer, and even heavy metal. Boyanna has a long discography; she has backed many artists, as well as led her own bands on national and international tours, yet she feels that the fact that she is a woman holds her back from success in the music industry. Boyanna is actively trying to challenge the sexism and prejudices she faces by teaching and mentoring girls to be the drummers of tomorrow.