Beatboxing and Building Community | Beat Making Lab

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Hip Hop “human beatboxing” originated in the 1980’s… Remember Doug E. Fresh, the self-proclaimed first "human beatbox"? Beat-boxing is still popular – and instructive – today!

Check out the DJs from PBS's Beat Making Lab, who worked with new students in Ethiopia to not only have fun, but also build community and strengthen communication. Beatboxing, as demonstrated in this video, helps the group work together by playing a game they call ‘Unify.” The main rule? No words can be used.

In the process, the young adults learn the core principles of collaboration in music and beatboxing. By the end of the video (http://to.pbs.org/1jZTh0W), as you’ll see, they come together and know each other better – all without speaking one word!

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