Somerset Academy Central Miramar students beat drums to a samba beat as Grammy-nominated musician Willie Stewart stood in front of the 50 youngsters, bobbing his head and keeping the tempo on the drums. The students, ages 13-17, are undergoing 14 weeks of training for Rhythms of Africa/Music Around the World,
By Letoya Stairs, Rhythm of Africa Music Program & 2010 Knight Arts Challenge Winner Seventeen children. Two schools. One hour of rehearsal. Thirty minutes to shine. Many Beats. One Rhythm The challenge seems complex, but the mission is simple. Share the power of the arts with children and watch them discover
By LeToya Stairs, Rhythm of Africa Music Program & 2010 Knight Arts Challenge Winner Reggae Ambassador Willie Stewart, whose musical odyssey includes 23 years as percussionist with the internationally renowned band “Third World,” partnered with Concerned Women of Africa on May 21, 2011 in Miami Gardens, to share a musical journey
By LeToya Stairs, Rhythm of Africa Music Program & 2010 Knight Arts Challenge Winner Meet Andy. One of 60 special students from Lauderdale Lakes Educational Complex that will perform at Rhythms of Africa: Music Around the World on October 15, 2011 at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale because of John S.