Val Serrant from Trinidad and Tobago and Ronnie Stewart from the USA both trace the roots of their traditional music to their African ancestry. These video clips are from the program Travels with Music Series One, which is available online at www.travelswithmusic.org. There are nearly 300 video clips in this first series of the Travels with Music program that profiles master musicians from 15 cultures around the world: USA/Blues, Trinidad, Peru, Chile, Senegal, Nigeria, Morocco, Bulgaria/Rom, Israel, Arabic/Lebanon, Pakistan, India, Indonesia/Java, Philippines, and China. The whole program is available at the online store (www.travelswithmusic.org) and can be purchased for online access or on interactive DVD-ROM for computers or on DVD-video for television.

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Val Serrant is a very active steel pan/traditional drummer from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. A great friend of the late Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olatunji and culture worker Constance Williams, Serrant believes in being a positive force for change in the community. Serrant frequently performs and teaches about Caribbean music in schools and is also a member of Afrika Heartbeat, founded by Sikiru Adepoju. Serrant is also the External Relations Officer for the Parry’s Pan School in Tacarigua, Trinidad. This resource is part of the Travels with Music: North & Central America collection.
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Ronnie Stewart, a guitarist turned historian, has been promoting the Blues for over 17 years. In addition to being a teacher, Stewart is the founder, executive director, and music historian of the Bay Area Blues Society located in Oakland, California, USA. The Bay Area Blues Society is dedicated to the perpetuation of Blues, Jazz, and Gospel as indigenous American art forms, rooted in African-American communities. This resource is part of the Travels with Music: North & Central America collection.
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