2016 HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATION
THE RHYTHM AND THE BEAT – DRUMS AND PERCUSSION IN LATIN AMERICA
September 15 through December 31, 2016
The drum is thought to be the oldest known musical instrument in the world. It has been utilized by virtually every culture for a multitude of purposes. The history of drums and percussion in Latin America is the central theme of the Newark Public Library's 2016 Hispanic Heritage Celebration. From indigenous instruments—such as the bombo of the High Andean Regions, to the double-headed, hourglass-shaped Afro-Cuban batá drum used by worshippers of the Lukumí (Santería) religion, to the timbales, congas and bongos emblematic of modern day Latin music—the history of Latin America has moved to the beat of its drums. The Rhythm and the Beat illustrates how drumming and other percussion instruments have become part of the music, spiritual expression, art, culture, and social fabric of different countries in Latin America.
September 15 • Thursday, 6 pm • Centennial Hall
This event kicks off the Newark Public Library's 2016 Latino exhibit and program series. Master folk artist Juan Cartagena, accompanied by members of the dance ensemble Segunda Quimbamba, will present an overview of the history of drums and percussion in Latin America. Cartagena is co-founder (with Nanette Hernández) and Director of the Segunda Quimbamba Folkloric Center, Inc.—a New Jersey based nonprofit cultural arts organization.
September 24 • Saturday, 2 pm • Centennial Hall
Master percussionists Josh Robinson, Dendê Macê do and Francois Zayas will introduce the language of the drums and take the audience on a journey through the origins, history and classic rhythms of samba, salsa and other music traditions.
October 1 • Saturday, 11-5 pm • Centennial Hall
In celebration of Newark's 350 anniversary and Latino Heritage, the Hispanic American Foundation of Essex County partners with the Newark Public Library to present a display of art work, musical instruments, and traditional dress from various Latin American countries. The afternoon brings a special performance by the Puerto Rican traditional string ensemble, Rondalla de Barceloneta — on tour from Puerto Rico.
October 15 • Saturday, 2 pm • Centennial Hall
Tahuantinsuyo, a pioneering traditional Andean music group, performs and presents the history of Andean music, focusing on native percussion instruments such as the bombo and the huáncar. Andean instruments will be on display, and the audience will be invited to play along with the group.
October 29 • Saturday, 2 pm • Centennial Hall
Demonstration of the Peruvian cajón, batá drums from Cuba, Uruguay's candombe, and other African-based drumming traditions from various Latin American countries.
November 5 • Saturday, 2 pm • Centennial Hall
The celebrated percussion and dance ensemble, Segunda Quimbamba, brings the history of these two signature genres of Puerto Rican music to life: bomba, which originated among enslaved Africans and has over three-hundred years of history on the island; and plena, called "the singing newspaper," which evolved out of the island's coastal urban centers over 100 years ago. The music and dance ensemble will perform and discuss the origins and structure of the two percussion-driven musical traditions. Segunda Quimbamba Folkloric Center is a NJ based nonprofit cultural arts organization that celebrates the Puerto Rican folkloric drum music bomba and plena through education and live-performance.
November 19 • Saturday, 2 pm • Centennial Hall
Master Drummer Mark Wood will lead a community drumming circle at the library, open to all. No experience necessary. Drums will be provided—or bring your own! Woods is known for his down-to-earth style that puts people at ease, facilitating a drumming experience with a sense of community and unity. "You don't have to be a musician," says Wood, whose group, Wood'n Drums leads drum circles all over New Jersey and conducts outreach programs at schools and community centers. "If you just want to come in and hit a couple of things, or shake a shaker, that's fine. Rhythm is in all of us." RSVP at 973-733-7772 and let us know if you will need a drum.
All programs are free and open to the general public. For additional information please call the Sala Hispanoamericana at 973-733-7772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year's programs and exhibit are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex Council Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, and by a grant from the Friends of the HRIC.
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