Solo oye tambores / Nothing but drums


This audio recording of Chicago Kaleidoscopes teens reading “Solo oye tambores” / “Nothing but drums” by Oscar Hijuelos, with CK teens playing percussion, was made during the Summer 2016 term at Prosser Career Academy. The Spanish translation from the English is by Alejandro Garcia Reyes.

“Solo oye tambores” / “Nothing but drums” is published in Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States, edited by Lori M. Carlson.

Our Collaboration with SRBCC

Our Chicago Kaleidoscopes program involves a collaboration with the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. CK has been meeting at SRBCC at the beginning of our Monday sessions since the second week of the program, and we will be at SRBCC for two more Mondays (2-4 p.m. on August 3rd and August 10th). Most of Chicago Kaleidoscopes happens at Mozart Park, and we’re grateful that SRBCC has given us the opportunity to have part of our program happen there!

Here are some things that we’ve been doing so far at SRBCC, as well as what we’re planning to do at SRBCC during this Summer 2015 After School Matters program:

  • Reading and writing literature;
  • Learning more about the Bomba ASM program at SRBCC, including listening to the Bomba teens rehearse rhythms and watching the Bomba teens work on dance steps;
  • Interacting with the Bomba class, including going through stretching exercises with them and playing percussion rhythms with them; and
  • Performing and recording audio pieces that combine spoken word and percussion.

In addition to the ASM sessions that we have been doing at SRBCC, we have worked on other activities that investigate connections between creative writing and music. For instance, we read and talked about “The Making of the Drum” by Kamau Brathwaite, “Jazz Fan Looks Back” by Jayne Cortez, and part of “Bop” by Langston Hughes. Check out these audio recordings of CK teens that include on connections between poetry and percussion.


teens in Bomba and CK classes playing percussion
teens in Bomba and CK classes playing percussion