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Steel and Djembe:Festival of Drums and Percussion

Steel and Djembe:Festival of Drums and Percussion
This high-energy, collaborative performance weaves together the African and Caribbean cultures through stories, music, sing-a-longs, and rhythm participation. Through the performance, students gain an understanding of and appreciation for the interplay of history, music, culture and the work performed in the rice fields of West Africa as well as the cane fields of the Caribbean. Master drummers, Mickey Mills and Braima Moiwai, demonstrate steel and djembe drumming techniques, call and response interactions, cultural songs, traditional stories and Limbo Dance with audience participation followed by a question and answer period.

Artist Background

Recording artist, writer and composer Mickey Mills is a featured performer in a number of documentaries explaining the history, playing techniques and musical applications of the steel drums. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Mickey has performed concerts with the steel drums nationally and internationally. In addition to his appearances on stage with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Buffet and Kenny Chesney, he performed in the off-Broadway show, The House of Flowers, and the television show, Matlock. He is also an approved artist in the Artists in the Schools programs for Orange, Durham and Mecklenburg Counties.

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