On Friday, we had the privilege of a visit from Robert Jospé and Kevin Davis of World Beat Workshop. This special assembly was amazing to listen to and great fun for everyone who attended. We even got to form a conga line in the Big Room! Thank you so much to them for visiting us, and to the Virginia Commission For The Arts for helping fund this project. From the World Beat Workshop website:
The World Beat Workshop with drummer Robert Jospé and percussionist Kevin Davis engages audiences of all ages in exploring the diaspora of West African rhythms in the Americas and their influence in current music styles. Using a map, percussion instruments and music charts, this interactive program includes clapping, dancing and singing to salsa, calypso, merengue, samba and hip-hop. Musical, historical, cultural and geographical information is brought to life with the journey of clave.
Here is some of what we heard at Friday’s performance: