Pierce Freelon


Bring It: A Challenge to Make a Beat Sampling for a Fijan Chant

Making a beat out of this sample is a challenge we're issuing worldwide.

We took a field trip to a Baha'i Faith Center in Suva, Fiji, to record local performers and sounds to make beats. We were invited by our beat-making student Paul, a guitar-playing community activist who, with his wife, ran a youth dance company at the center. On deck for the evening was a very striking style of local music and dance—Pacific Island body percussion—and it was really amazing.

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