Saturday, August 11, 2012 program starts at 12.00PM and K.i.T at 3.15 PM
Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center, NY
Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Teatro Pregones, The Bronx, NY
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 6PM
The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Washington, DC
The music of Kuenta i Tambu is inspired by traditional Afro Caribbean Music from Curaçao and European Dance, Kuenta i Tambú has created a brand new sound! They cleverly found a balance between electronic sound samples, singing and chanting and the infectious rhythms played by ritual tambú drums. Some call it Global Bass, others prefer labeling it Tambutronic but one thing is for sure: it’s a wild and colorful explosion of energy, and always seems to set off some serious movements on the dancefloor! Curator Bill Bragin first heard the world music group ” Kuenta i Tambu (K.i.T) when he attended the Dutch Jazz and Music Conference in Amsterdam (DJWM2010) This year he was able, together with Teatro Pregones in the Bronx, to bring K.i.T. to the US.
Kuenta i Tambú translates to “Stories and Drums” from Papiamentu, which is the language spoken on the islands of Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire (Dutch Antilles). The NY Times published an interesting article about Papiamentu in which it talks about the survival of this language. You can read the article here.
Kuenta i Tambu is based in Amsterdam and was formed in 2005 after a series of educational projects at schools and theaters to introduce the music and culture of Curaçao to children in the Netherlands. During this period the first songs were written, establishing the sound and identity of the group which nowadays is known for its high energy shows, with a great deal of humoristic highlights, hypnotizing beats and dazzling percussive interplay between band members. http://www.aboutkit.com
MC: Simply Rob
Lincoln Center Out of Doors, La Casita is sponsored by PepsiCo.
Produced in cooperation with Claudia Norman, Claudia Norman Management
Co-curated by: Bill Bragin, Lincoln Center Out of Doors; Melody Capote, Caribbean Cultural Center; Lillian Cho, Consultant; C. Daniel Dawson; Caridad de la Luz, Claudia Norman, Claudia Norman Management; Richie Villar, Acentos Foundation: Shawn Termin, The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
KiT (Kuenta I Tambú) is presented with additional support from the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and in part, by public funds from the Netherlands Cultural Services and the Fund for Performing Arts (FPK)