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Roots of Rhythm, percussion ensemble, opens tour at McNairy County's Latta


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MARTIN, Tenn. – Roots of Rhythm, a University of Tennessee at Martin world percussion ensemble, will give listeners a chance to learn about Black History Month (February) by exploring the migration of rhythm throughout history as taken by African nations across the globe through slave trade.

Roots of Rhythm will perform at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 6, at McNairy County’s Latta. Tickets will go on sale at 6:30 p.m. on the night of the performance. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

“This complete program allows audiences to gather information through listening, participating, observing and visualizing,” said Dr. Julie Hill, associate professor of music and director of percussion studies. “The possibility for community and student enrichment with the context of multicultural education is limitless.”

Hill will take the percussion ensemble on a mini tour Jan. 7-8. The group will play shows at Riverside High School at 8 a.m., Jan. 7, in Decaturville and at 1:30 p.m. at Stewart County High School in Dover, also on Jan. 7.

Roots of Rhythm will close out the day in Paris with a 7 p.m. show at the Krider Center.
At 9 a.m., on Jan. 8, the ensemble will play at John Overton High School in Nashville and at 1 p.m. at Whites Creek High School in Nashville.

Concerts are scheduled for Feb. 25 and 26 on the UT Martin campus.


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