Teen Center to collaborate on percussion project for kids
Common Fence Music, a non-profit folk and roots music organization, has received funding from the Rhode Island Foundation for Connecting the Beats, an African and Afro-Caribbean percussion project for all school-age youth of Newport County. The project is a collaboration between Common Fence Music, the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, the Jamestown Teen Center, Portsmouth Action for Youth and the East Bay Met School. The grant was awarded from the Foundationís Newport County Fund.
The project will unfold in two phases in the fall and winter of the 2009-2010 school year. In the first phase, youth in all four organizations, plus student visitors from Middletown, Tiverton and Little Compton, will experience performances of traditional percussion rooted in West Africa, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Students will also have an opportunity to participate on a conga or ashiko-style drum, or on a piece of hand percussion such as a shekere, bell or clave. Musical presenters include Laud Obuamah Addy from Ghana, Lydia Perez from Puerto Rico and Jesus Andujar from the Dominican Republic.
The second phase will include a free eight-week percussion workshop presented at the Boys and Girls Club by master drummer and teacher, Jesus Andujar.
For more information, visit www.commonfencemusic.org.