2009-10-01 / About Town

Teen Center to host ‘Connecting the Beats’ program

Common Fence Music, a nonprofi t folk and roots music organization, will host “Connecting the Beats,” a two-part exploration of African and Afro-Caribbean beats in R.I. The free program is offered to all students of Newport County, and is a collaboration between Common Fence Music, the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, the East Bay Met School, the Jamestown Teen Center and Portsmouth Action for Youth.

In part one, students will experience performances of traditional percussion rooted in Ghana, West Africa; Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in these concert jams.

The musical presenters are Obuamah Addy and Norchemi from Ghana, Lydia Perez and Yoruba 2 from Puerto Rico, and the Jesus Andujar Percussion Ensemble from Dominican Republic.

Part two is an eight-week percussion workshop led by Jesus Andujar, master drummer in the Dominican tradition. The workshop will be held at the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County and will run twice a day at the Kids Café and again at the Teen Center.

The Jesus Andujar Percussion Ensemble will perform Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Jamestown Teen Center.

For information about performances, visit www.commonfencemusic. org.

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