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Panama: Meet the Kids Behind the Beats | Beat Making Lab | PBS Digital Studios

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Published on Apr 10, 2013

Yaci, Osvaldo and Darin - three Panamanian youth - go from cowbell to MPC while learning the skills to become beat makers. Check us out Wednesdays for more stories, and beats from Panamanian festivals, schools and prisons. 

Developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Beat Making Lab is a program that brings the tools and techniques of digital music making to young musicians in developing nations. In Portobelo, Panama a Beat Making Lab was established at La Escuelita Del Ritmo where over a dozen youth collaborated with local and international artists on original electronic beats and songs.

Episodes documenting the experience air every Wednesday starting April 10th through May 8th. Professor Pierce Freelon and producer Apple Juice Kid host. 

The Architects: Stephen Levitin (aka Apple Juice Kid) and Pierce Freelon


Mastermind of Videography and Editing: Saleem Reshamwala (aka Kid Ethnic)


Musical Poetry: Apple Juice Kid and Panama Beat Making Lab


Grasshoppers: Yaci, Osvaldo and Darin


Show Wrapper Magicians: Josh Souter (stop motion/logo), Emily Forsberg (photography), Kelly Mertestdorf (producer)

Kin folk: Dana McMahan, Elliette Johnson, Ryan Levin, Pat Levitin, Dr. Mark Katz, Judith Cone, GOOD, Global Giving, Dave Mello, New Kind; Panama kin folk: Rui Dinis, Aurora Fierro, Sandra Eleta, Oronike Odeleye, Renee Alexander Craft, Barrio Fino, Yomira John, The Beast, Professor Angel Sound, Taller Portobelo Norte, La Escuelita Del Ritmo, Centro de Rehabilitacion El Renacer, Festival de Diablos y Congos and the people of Panama. 

Subscribe: www.youtube.com/beatmakinglab
Support: www.BeatMakingLab.com

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