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The UNC Global Rhythms Ensemble introduces students to the culture, music, and drumming traditions of Africa, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. The group’s repertoire includes: Afro-Cuban Rumba & Bata Music, Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba & Plena, Brazilian Batucada Ensemble, and African drumming, as well as fusions of various drumming traditions. Ensemble participants will become acquainted with the history, social, and cultural aspects of the music, folkloric dancing, and more importantly, learn to play a wide variety of percussion instruments and rhythms.

This ensemble is an open to all Carolina undergraduate and graduate students regardless of major. Non-music majors are welcome, and no music reading skills are required, as the music, rhythms, and technical concepts will be learned orally. The ensemble rehearses Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:35–4:15 p.m. in the Kenan Music Building, Room 1206.