Sept. 12, 2013 – The sun was shining and steel drums were playing a potpourri of catchy Caribbean tunes. While it sounds like the perfect beach set-up, the music was part of an event at Davidson County Community College that featured the Caribbean calypso group, EWABO.
EWABO, which is recognized as one of the preeminent Caribbean calypso bands in the mid-Atlantic region, was welcomed by students, faculty and staff – and even children from the Child Development Center, who were all able to enjoy lively music outdoors.
“Everyone had a really great time. Students were up clapping, dancing and having a good time,” says Lynne Watts, director of Student Life and Leadership. “They played a little bit of everything – Latin, reggae and even modern music. Even better is the fact that this fun music event served as a great educational way to expose students to Caribbean culture.”
DCCC student Yesika Zelaya agrees, adding, “I think it was a great experience because many of the songs the band played are ones we hear on the radio. It was entertaining to see students and especially teachers dancing.”
EWABO includes the talents of Frank Javois on keyboards, Roger Greenidge on pan drums and Tim Hamm on congas and vocals. The trio brings their backgrounds in arts to entertain, astound and educate audiences on Caribbean culture; they have performed for various festivals, special events and celebrities, including former President Bill Clinton.
*Editor’s Note: Attached are photos of EWABO performing on the DCCC campus.
Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.