Afrocubanismo – Thursday, April 18

The World Percussion Ensemble presents its spring concert at the Elon Taphouse, West College Avenue, at 10 p.m.  

Thursday, April 18
World Percussion Ensemble, “Afrocubanismo”
The Elon Taphouse, 10 p.m.

Afrocubanismo symbolizes the legitimacy of black identity in Cuban society, culture and art. From Dizzy Gillespie, the Bo Diddley beat and the I Love Lucy Show to Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana and Selena, we have long shared a musical heritage with Cuba. Even today, songs such as “Mi Gente” featuring Beyoncé and “Dinero” with JLo, DJ Khalid and Cardi B show that the influence is still strong.

The World Percussion Ensemble performs African-based Cuban percussion music to recreate the magic of these rhythmic forms that continues to inspire music today. The show honors black identity by performing Cuban folkloric, popular and religious music with a contemporary twist. The music features Son, Guaguanco, Iyesa, Egungun, Yambu, Conga de Comparsa and more. Our palette of instruments includes claves, congas, bongos, bells, shekere and timbales. We invite you to join us and experience this unique musical experience. Dancing will be encouraged! 

The ensemble is directed by Professor Jim Roberts. Members: Andrew High, Erika Swinney, Professor Greg Hlavaty, Quint Slack, Justin Starr, Sam Ellingsworth and Professor Tony Crider.

Admission is free; no ticket required. 

Sponsored by the Department of Music