by Alan Dworsky and Betsy Sansby
Slap Happy is for kids of all ages. It turns drum rhythms into body rhythms you can step, clap, and slap with a buddy. Right from the start, you'll be learning traditional dance rhythms from West Africa and the Caribbean: Kuku from Guinea, Sunguru Bani from Mali, Kpegisu from Ghana, Bomba from Puerto Rico, and Conga from Cuba. And you can hear how every pattern sounds on the slap-along CD that comes with the book.
You can do Slap Happy in pairs or in groups, indoors or out, at home or at school. If you're a parent, it's a great way to do something fun and educational with your kids that doesn't require any previous musical training. If you're a music teacher, you can use Slap Happy to give your students a hands-on experience of world rhythms without having to buy any instruments. It's physical, it's funky, and it's fun!
Slap Happy is also available as a download. Just click on image below in the top row on the right. Slap Happy is also available as part of my "Rhythm for Kids Package Deal" that also includes the videos Cup Drumming and Boomwhacker Rhythms. The package deal gives you 3 titles for the price of 2, either all as downloads (click on the image below in the middle row on the left) or as two physical products and one download (click on the image below in the bottom row on the left).