Zest for Education of Youth Brings Rhythm Arts and Humanities
Zest for Education of Youth Brings Rhythm Arts and Humanities

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In conjunction with the City of LONG BRANCH Office of Community and Economic Development & The City of Long Branch Department of Recreation; part of the OCEANFEST, an all-day community celebration culminating in a grand fireworks display


When: July 4th, 2017, Monday, 4pm

Venue: at the Oceanfest Stage, Ocean Place Hotel at the Garfield Statue on the boardwalk. All are welcome to join workshops and musical procession!


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Oceans of Rhythm Festival 2014 photo by D Siminerio
Oceans of Rhythm Festival 2014, photo by DSiminerio


Monmouth Arts

1 Ocean Blvd, exit 105 GSP, or a short walk from NJ transit Long Branch station.

INFORMATION: ZEYBRAH@aol.com, Telephone: 732-571-6545


ZEYBRAH’s 24th annual Oceans of Rhythm Festival will be part of the city of Long Branch’s Oceanfest, the annual July 4th extravaganza. After a long set of pulsating African and Caribbean music and dance, there will be a musical procession along the boardwalk where all can join in. This year it will be led by a type of African stiltwalker called Moko Jumbe, from Trinidad and Tobago. The performances will begin at the stage in front of the Garfield statue, behind the Ocean Place Resort, located at 1 Ocean Boulevard, between Madison and Laird Streets. There will be plenty of opportunities for audience participation throughout!

Spearheading the African dance and drumming will be the electrifying drum and dance group Yakar Roots and Rhythms, a West African drum and dance ensemble led by Ousmane Sall, along with his sister, master dancer, Aida Faty and other members from Senegal: Lamine Thiam, Ngor Jallow, Mar Gueye and more. Yakar’s artists are each master drummers/dancers representing histories of traditional cultural expressions. ZEYBRAH has featured them in their NYC cultural extravaganzas for many years at such places as The Schaumburg Center for Black History and Culture and Lincoln Center. Members have performed at prestigious venues throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Kicking off the program will be the local group Grooves and Hiphop, featuring Timmy “Base-kid’ Douglas from Neptune and Vernon Stone from Long Branch and. They have released a music video this year, shot in Asbury Park (that can be accessed at YouTube at Basekid420). They will be passing out 100 free downloads for their new release, “Beautiful Distraction.” They recently appeared on the NYC based TV show “Madhouse TV hosted by Evan Ginsburg.

ZEYBRAH is thrilled that Oceans of Rhythm is now a part of Oceanfest -- where people from all walks of life, and of all ages can celebrate together: the beauties of the community, the music and the ocean environment! There will be activities, music and a sea of vendors throughout the day, culminating in a grand fireworks display at the beach.

Highlights from the 10th Annual Moment in Time Festival
’Mama Africa’ - A Tribute to Miriam Makeba

    DVD Featuring:
  • South African cast members of Broadway’s The Lion King led by Bongi Duma
  • Duma Ndlovu, Guest Speaker, Playwright, Poet, Producer from South Africa
  • Yakar Roots and Rhythms African Drum and Dance Company from Senegal
  • Amma McKen, 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage award recipient
  • Tunde Odunlade, Nigerian artist, musician, and lecturer
  • Artists include: Tony Sidras, Khesswa, Tsidi Manye, Mar Gueye, Alioune Faye, Ousmane Sall, Monseur Diop, Electra, Fashina Mira, and Jimmy Cruz
  • Bonus Track! Footage of Miriam Makeba performing in Havana, Cuba in 2005
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Welcome to ZEYBRAH

ZEYBRAH is a not-for-profit, community based, cultural organization which creates quality programs for (a) cultural exchange between people of diverse cultures, and (b) experiential learning in the arts. ZEYBRAH draws its resources from cultures around the world, with emphasis on the cultural expressions of the peoples of Africa and the Caribbean. Our goal is to share with audiences the vitality and beauty of these cultural heritages in ways that are educational, entertaining and uplifting! We emphasize the inter-active components of our programs, and cater to all ages with programs specifically designed for the entire family.

There are two primary areas of programming:
(1) Art Expositions, which include art festivals, live performances of dance, music and drama, multi-media art exhibits, video and film screenings.
(2) Training and Education in the Arts, which include workshops in music, dance, drama and visual arts, lecture-demonstrations, panel discussions, educational trips, and communications-media training.

ZEYBRAH has been organizing quality folkloric events since 1984 with artists that are top in their fields. Through our well-researched and innovative presentations, folkloric expressions from places such as Cuba, Brazil, the Caribbean, U.S.A., Nigeria and Senegal come alive!