Kattam and his Tam-Tams

New Strand Family Series debut

Mar 11, 2019
Kattam offers hands-on experience with the rhythms of Africa, the Middle East and India.

Rockland — Kattam and his Tam-Tams, a show by the Quebecois percussionist that explores Africa, the Middle East and India through rhythm, song and dance, will opens the Strand Family Series Friday night, March 22.

The live performance, geared for a family audience, is set for 6:30 p.m. at the Strand, 345 Main St. Strand Family Series shows have a Pay-What-You-Can admission sliding scale of $20/$10/$5/$0.

Kattam Laraki-Côté, who is part Quebeçois and part Moroccan, first trained in classical music, studying piano, singing and percussion. His keen interest in world music and travel has served as the basis for manifold musical experiences abroad. He studied conga, timbales and drum in Havana in 2005; djembe and doum doum in Guinea in 2007 with such international masters as Mamady Keïta and Famoudou Konaté; and derbouka in Morocco with Mustapha Antari. Kattam also has studied dhol through The Dhol Foundation since 2012, and Indian tabla with Hindole Majumdar since 2015. He was able to perfect his skills in pop percussions with Paul Picard, Céline Dion’s percussionist.

In addition to his children’s performances, Kattam is part of Ayrad, winner of a Felix Award and several other distinctions; has been an active member of several other bands; and has collaborated with renowned artists as Marie-Mai, Lynda Thalie. Awards in 2018 include Tilly Awards for both Best Family Fun DVD and CD; a Parent and Teacher Choice Award Gold Medal for DVD and CD; Parents' Choice Award Gold Medal for his album “Timbuktu to Bombay.” In 2016, he won the Independent Music Award for Best Children's Music Album.

The Strand Family Series is a new performing arts series that presents events that will engage all ages; the goal is to provide quality arts entertainment that families can enjoy together, with a sliding scale for admission so that cost is not a barrier. Upcoming shows in the series are “The Adventures of Miss Susan,” a multi-media puppet show inspired by the real life of a heroic Maine children’s librarian, Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m.; “The Magician’s Assistant,” a hilarious one-woman physical comedy about an assistant who must step in when the magician gets sick, Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m.; and the indie pop-rock band Bee Parks and the Hornets, who return to the Strand Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. with its high-energy concert party that combines rockin’ music, puppetry and audience participation to inspire young people to get up and move.

Underwriting support from Rockland Harbor Hotel, The Pharmacy at Pen Bay Medical Center, and The Riley School has made the sliding scale admission possible. For more information or tickets, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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