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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 02/12/2011 at Symphony Space.

Heritage O.P. is comprised of four wizard multi-percussionists who will bring their totally joyous, dance-frenzy, and inspirational music to the Thalia stage. Bring the family for this concert...there's something for everyone. As Heritage puts it: the drum can cause all hearts to beat as one. African and Afro-diasporal in roots, global in vision; love and unity is the message, and the odds are very high that you will be dancing in the aisles. Start the day on the right foot grooving to the rhythms of Heritage OP!

Presented by Zabar's and

+ About the Artists

Heritage O.P. is an acoustic percussion and vocal ensemble that fuses the rich cultural traditions and diaspora rhythms of Africa – from South America to the Caribbean – with African American tradition and modern musical trends. Their sound is contemporary with a strong beat and positive lyrics designed to uplift, inspire, and move the listener to dance. They do this, however, using mostly traditional instruments as they share a deep respect for the beauty of acoustical sound and natural resonance. Hence, the “O.P.” stands for organic percussion.

Since their beginning in 1996, the band has been touring nationally and internationally, independently producing 3 CDs: “Heritage” (percussion music for dance, exercise and aerobics), “Universal Healing” (a 2 CD set) and “When I Start To Play” (their latest creation), which have sold in the thousands. Their music can be heard on the radio stations worldwide, but most frequently on WBAI radio in New York City, where it is thematic for some of the station’s programs. You can also hear their music on the sound track of Marc Levin’s movie “Brooklyn Babylon”.

The group’s core comprises 4 composing members: Ron McBee from San Francisco, CA, Hasan Bakr from Savannah, GA, Victor Y. See Yuen from Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. and Kevin Nathaniel from Detroit, MI. The band often tours as an eight to ten piece orchestra with background singers. Together, Heritage O.P. brings you sound rich in ancestral tradition with a vision for a better world, a world of harmony. This world of harmony is everyone’s heritage.

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