Inside look: Rhythms of Africa: Music Around the World

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. and James L. Knight Foundation, Willie Stewart and host of community donors.

Andy and his classmates, ages 13- 16, are currently undergoing 6 weeks of rigorous world class instruction provided by Willie at no cost, which began September 2nd  as a part of the preparation for their debut at the show.

Presented by Willie Stewart’s Embrace Music Foundation, Rhythms of Africa: Music Around the World features at-risk youth from Lauderdale Lakes Educational Complex’s Smart School Charter Middle and Eagle Charter Academy who gain inspiration and confidence working alongside more than a dozen professional musicians.

The 2nd Annual Rhythms of Africa: Music Around the World, taking place October 15 at 2p.m. & 7 p.m. at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is a free concert that describes the movement of ancient rhythms sprung from the souls of vibrant cultures and carried from Africa to the Caribbean, South America and the New World.   Under the direction of Willie Stewart, who played percussion for 23 years with the legendary band Third World, this theatrical, inspirational and educational production will unite the entire community in a stirring celebration of music. Free tickets are available to the public starting September 21 at