Basics of Afro-Cuban Percussion & Cuban Popular Rhythms

Basics of Afro-Cuban Percussion & Cuban Popular Rhythms


Wednesdays 6:15-7:15 - Level 1
7:30-8:30 - Level 2

June 27 - August 8, 2018

Basics of Afro-Cuban Percussion
Instructor: Mario Salomon
Participants:  Level 1: Beginning Level 2: Intermediate and above

Cuban folkloric music draws its foundation from various West and Central African traditions present on the island including: Arara (Dahomey), Lukumi (Yoruba), Palo Kongo (Congo), and others. They are fundamental to Afro-Cuban folkloric music.

These rhythms also are the foundation of Cuban popular rhythms. In this class, students will learn to play: Cha cha cha, Son, Danzón, Pilón and more.

Students embrace the syncopated rhythms by learning to play the instruments that make up the ensemble, such as:

•    Clave

•    Chekere

•    Tumbadoras

•    Cencerro

•    Kata

•    & more

All instruments will be provided, and participants are free to bring their own with approval from the instructor. Students will have the opportunity to showcase their songs in performance at the ending concert composed of students in the OPC Community Music Classes.

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