Tuesday, February 18

Sounds of Schoenberg: The Afro-Cuban Batá drums

Each week, Daily Bruin A&E will explore the instruments of the World Musical Instrument Collection and their performers that all contribute to the musical landscape of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Read more...

Photo: Before attending UCLA, third-year ethnomusicology student Melena Francis Valdes took a 15-year break from college to perform Afro-Cuban percussion instruments such as the Batá drums, conga drums and the drum set with musicians such as Stevie Wonder. (Marley Maron/Daily Bruin)

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