World Beat Workshop

School Assembly Program

The World Beat Workshop with drummer Robert Jospé and percussionist Kevin Davis engages audiences of all ages in exploring the diaspora of West African rhythms in the Americas and their influence in current music styles.  Using a map, percussion instruments and music charts, this interactive program includes clapping, dancing and singing to salsa, calypso, merengue, samba and hip-hop. Musical, historical, cultural and geographical information is brought to life with the journey of clave. 

This program can be tailored to suit audiences of all ages from elementary school through adult.

Robert and Kevin 2018






World Beat Workshop

World Beat Workshop
Wilbur S. Pence Middle School, 2019

Reviews and comments

Any Given Child Shenandoah Valley November 14, 2019

We closed out our 2019-2020 World Beat Workshop Residency with an incredible morning at Wilbur S. Pence Middle School!! Thanks to Robert Jospé, Kevin Davis, the administrations at all 12 schools we attended, the Virginia Commission for the Arts for supporting Touring Artists, the community members who continue to believe in the arts for our students, and finally the over 5000+ students who had a chance to engage through the arts!!! Arts Council of the Valley Rockingham County Public Schools – VA Harrisonburg City Public Schools J.R.Snow, Director, AGCH

Dumbarton Elementary School
Henrico County Public Schools
Feb 28, 2017

Our school wanted to thank you for allowing the World Beat Workshop to share their performance at Dumbarton Elementary. Robert and Kevin were prompt, polite and genuinely excited to be in our school. The program was amazing! We all thoroughly enjoyed the continuous opportunities to interact during the program, and the SOL connections with the content areas including music were obviously present and greatly appreciated. Both gentlemen were enthusiastic about the information and it was conveyed in their performance.  Dumbarton would love the opportunity to have the team visit again next year! It was outstanding!

Carla Scott, Associate Principal


Henrico County Public Schools
“It was an awesome performance. They involved all the students and faculty. It was tied into geography and mapping skills in a very meaningful way.” – Ridge Elementary

“I thought it was great! The kids love it. They enjoyed the dance he taught and the music. I especially liked learning how the steel drum works. They tied it into Social Studies by showing the regions of the world that used the instruments or did the dances.” – Pinchbeck Elementary

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