Sahar El Khatib was born and raised in Kuwait for 14 years before returning home to Lebanon for her higher education. Inspired by her parent’s architecture business, she was drawn to modern interior design juxtaposed with historical elements, also influenced by the archeological sites that she visited during her world travels. She grew up drawing, creating projects with her hands and learning new computer programs. These influences led to her decision to get her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the Lebanese American University.
After graduating, Sahar fell in love with West African drumming and started to play the Djembe drum, and traveled to Guinea West Africa to learn under the great grand master Mamady Keita in 2010. Drumming has given Sahar an international platform, performing with many West African drummer enthusiasts and lovers of the Manding culture. In 2016, her passion for drumming led her to the world's best percussion shop in Santa Cruz, California, called Drumskull Drums. The minute Sahar arrived in Santa Cruz, she knew it was home. She received an Artist Green Card that has allowed her to continue living out her passions right here in Santa Cruz.
In addition to working at Drumskull, she worked with the Arts Council of Santa Cruz as a Teaching Artist. She taught young adults how to play West African drumming all over Santa Cruz County. When she isn’t playing the Djembe, she loves loud sports cars and attending events at Laguna Seca and in Monterey.
By entering the world of real estate, Sahar has come full circle. In this industry, she is able to combine her love for architecture and interior design with her love of meeting people from different cultures. She is excited to join the Strock Team and embark on a new journey with her clients, helping them find the best home for their families!