"Exploring Rhythms of the Caribbean
Interactive School Assembly Program with Rhythm Culture
This 50-minute interactive music program takes young people
on an entertaining, yet educational journey through the
music of the Caribbean Region. Trip leaders include several
of Portland's top musicians who collectively bring with
them decades of experience playing all kinds of music for
audiences of all ages. They are experienced working with
young people, both in the school setting as well as through
various social service programs and private lessons.
During the 50-minute musical tour,
students learn about the various types of music and rhythms
that are part of
the region. Specifically they visit the music of Trinidad/Tobago,
Cuba and Jamaica. Tour leaders describe various rhythms
including Bosa Nova, Samba, Rock Steady, Socca, Rap, Folk,
Reggae and Calypso and play songs representative of those
rhythms. Students also take a trip to "Carnival," an
event celebrated throughout the region. In addition, various
musical concepts are touched upon including the emotional
feelings associated with major and minor chords in music
along with Call and Response.
Interactive elements include Call and Response activities
with voice and clapping. Students learn about the 3/2 Clave
rhythm of the region and learn to clap and sing its elements.
The students are asked to sing back-up vocals on some of
the songs. On several occasions members of the audience
will be asked to join the band by playing one of a variety
of percussion instruments including hand drums, bells,
shakers, and sticks.
This is a highly energetic and interactive program full
of traditional songs and rhythms of the area, educational
information about music and the traditions of people in
this area. Everyone loves this program - students, teachers
and parents. We guarantee it! Tour Leaders for this Rhythmic
journey are members of the Portland-based reggae band,
Rhythm Culture. Led by Musical Director/Drummer, Byron
Mercurius of Guyana, South America, this band plays original
and cover music and includes Ken Graves on guitar,
Joseph Conrad on bass, Allen Kim on keyboards and Monte Skillings on Trombone.