The Maroons, comprised of John Marcus, guitars and vocals; Mick La Briola, leader, percussion and vocals, and Art Haynes, bass and vocals, perform Friday, March 15 in Farber Hall of Old Main on the University of South Dakota campus as part of the National Music Museum’s “NMM Live!” program.
Formed with a mission to highlight the history, culture and music of the English-speaking Caribbean, The Maroons focus on Jamaica and Trinidad. The group takes their name from the first successful slave resistance movement of the Caribbean, the Maroons. (With four communities still intact, the Maroons of Jamaica are considered a sovereign nation – similar to reservations of Indigenous Peoples of America).
The trio explore and demonstrate the African musical traditions of chanting and drumming; calypso and soca of Trinidad; plus mento, ska, nyabinghi, rock steady, and reggae of Jamaica.
Audience members in Farber Hall were treated to the sounds of Caribbean instruments such as steel pans, fonde/Humina drums, the rumba box (marimbula), as well as banjo, conventional guitar, bass, and drum kit.