World Beat Workshop

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

School Assembly Program

Reviews and comments

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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Museum & All Ages Program

An educational and entertaining experience for all ages, presented in museums, theaters, libraries, and at camps and festivals.

World Beat Workshop has been performed here:

  • Children’s Museum of Richmond, VA
  • Global Village, Bedford, VA
  • Jefferson Madison Regional Library, VA
  • Boys and Girls Club, Charlottesville, VA
  • Wolf Trap Theatre in the Woods, Vienna, VA
  • Floyd Fest Workshop Stage, Floyd, VA
  • Hawaii Public Libraries, Hawaii

Reviews and comments from WolfTrap Children’s Theatre

Thank you so much for World Beat’s thoroughly entertaining performances at WolfTrap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods this summer! Your mix of musical genres, geography, history, and audience interaction was spot on for our audiences. All of us at WolfTrap congratulate World Beat Workshop and look forward to working with you again in the future. – Sarah Andrew Wilson, Assistant Director, Education Outreach. WolfTrap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA