The Har-You Percussion Group (1969)



An offshoot of the Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited (aka Har-You), a social activism organization founded in 1962, the Harlem Youth Percussion Group encouraged creativity and offered a way for young African-Americans to get in touch with their musical heritage. Their mentor and maestro, percussionist Montego Joe, taught African and Jazz percussion as an after school program. So after four years of training, eleven young men, aged 16 to 19, created an album, Sounds of the Ghetto Youth, whose royalties went into a scholarship fund.


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