Students playing instruments

Roots of Rhythm

Students playing instruments

About the Roots of Rhythm Presentations:


The UT Martin World Percussion Ensemble is proud to present The Roots of Rhythm!!! The Roots of Rhythm is a unique performance/presentation that strives to elevate cultural awareness to a variety of audience members. The ensemble mission is to encourage cultural diversity both on the UT Martin campus and within the greater West and Middle Tennessee community. The Roots of Rhythms presentation includes interdisciplinary subjects such as history, geography, and of course, music, that coincide with the National Standards for Arts Education that can be used in a variety of subject matters relating to the live concert being performed.


Roots of Rhythm: The evolution of clave through the slave trade is an engaging multi-sensory performance/presentation designed to allow the exploration of other cultures through music. Our program includes Steel Drums and Tamboo Bamboo instruments from Trinidad, Shona Marimbas from Zimbabwe, Traditional Dundun Drums from Guinea, Brazilian Samba instruments, and much more.


By focusing on the cultures of Africa, Cuba, Brazil, the United States, and the Caribbean, students and audience members can observe how differing societies are formed and interact through music. Much more than an exciting concert, this complete program allows audiences to gather information through listening, participating, observing, and visualizing. Through the UT Martin World Percussion Ensemble's Roots of Rhythm presentation, the possibility for community and student enrichment within the context of multicultural education is limitless!!


Roots of Rhythm is now in partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission which is a nonprofit organization whose goal is help fund the arts activities for organizations and artists in Tennessee. This program focuses on a complete and balanced education for the children and youth of Tennessee.


For Booking or More Information Contact:

Dr. Julie Hill
731 881 7418

Roots of Rhythm Highlights Video:


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