Caribbean Rhythms — So Much to Celebrate

All Around This World Caribbean "Everywhere Map"

This week’s online class for kids takes us to the sandy beaches and the sunny sun of the Caribbean. There are a lot of reasons to be happy in the islands, and the many diverse peoples of the Caribbean seem pretty darned good and embracing them, though they do so with full knowledge of, and intimate experience with, contemporary and historical struggle. Most music here is a mix of African rhythms and colonial melodies — Spanish, French, British. In the very same beat you’ll find both the pain of the slave trade and the triumph of Caribbean cultures that survived.