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Rhythms of the African Diaspora Percussion Camps will be offered by Babatunde Lea Monday-Friday, July 22-26, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. No previous percussion experience is necessary. Submitted photo.

Drum camps offered this summer

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Drum camps offered this summer
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Rhythms of the African Diaspora Percussion Camps will be offered by Babatunde Lea Monday-Friday, July 22-26, at The Phipps Center for the Arts. No previous percussion experience is necessary.

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The African diaspora refers to the communities throughout the world that are descended from the historic movement of peoples from Africa -- predominantly to the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, among other areas around the globe.

The term has been historically applied in particular to the descendants of the West and Central Africans who were enslaved and shipped to the Americas by way of the Atlantic slave trade.

Participants will learn Afro-Cuba and Afro-Brazil drumming traditions, which include drumming techniques, chants, dances, and cultural aspects. There will be a culminating performance that will allow students to show what they have learned.

--Students entering grades 7-10 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon each day

--Students entering grades 4-6 will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. each day.

The fee for each class is $125.

Lea is a world-renowned master percussionist and educator. He has performed with a diversity of artists, ranging from Pharoah Sanders to Van Morrison.

To register, send the fee to The Phipps Center, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI 54016. Registrations may also be made by phone if charged to VISA, MasterCard, or Discover by calling (715) 386-2305, ext. 101, or online at The Phipps. A $4 processing fee is charged for all phone and online orders.

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