An afternoon of Cuban style drumming from the Contemporary Music Project. Learn more about these unique styles, and feel like you are being transported to Cuba.
Batá are the most sacred drums of the Lucumí — the Yoruba people in Cuba. Their rhythms invoke the melodies and harmonies of a lost and distant world. When played with their many songs, the batá are a musical bridge to a universe where rhythms speak words and the drum is the voice of a god.
Rumba drumming is the key to the Cuban soul, the voice of the street, and a celebration in song, dance, and drum. It is the newspaper, a way of spreading knowledge, a form of social resistance, and a comment on daily life. Its driving rhythms and lilting songs ring with the spirit of the island.
Contemporary Music Project’s director Don Skoog is a musician, teacher, and writer who lives in Oak Park. He gigs on drumset, Latin percussion, Marimba, and Flamenco cajon. He founded the Project in 1982, and has traveled to Cuba numerous times.