NCF gets tuk rhythm dvd
The National Cultural Foundation (NCF) became one of the most recent recipients of the Tuk 101 instructional DVD developed by Wayne Poonka Willock.
This How To Play Tuk teaching tool is intended not only to inform, but also to preserve the legacy of the art form for generations to come, through fusions with other rhythm patterns and genres of music. NCF chief executive officer Cranston Browne believes this DVD will be fundamental to the creation of unique indigenous beats for Barbados.
“It is very important that this be included as a part of our library, especially for research and documentation purposes. They are so many benefits to be derived from such a tool that actually teaches the art form – among other things. It will certainly guide some of our music workshops,” he said
Browne added that initiatives such as these would ensure young people understood the evolution and influence of tuk music on different rhythms.
“That knowledge, we both agree, will in turn sprout the growth of fusions and unique rhythms on the local music landscape, something that is much needed to define the nation’s musical identity – our own rhythm,” he added.
In making the presentation to the NCF, Willock lamented that over the years the tuk music had become a dying art form. Willock’s efforts to revive it have been a journey of exploration not only of its traditional form, but also of its few decades of his own experimentation with non-traditional fusions of tuk and calypso music – which the musician affirms is now a fairly common theme, if you listen to the current rhythm patterns.
Poonka added that the Tuk 101 instructional DVD had already been donated to each secondary school on the island, to ensure that within their music and social studies departments they would have a historical representation of Barbadian culture and indigenous music.