Zest for Education of Youth Brings Rhythm Arts and Humanities
Zest for Education of Youth Brings Rhythm Arts and Humanities



In conjunction with the City of LONG BRANCH Office of Community and Economic Development & The City of Long Branch Department of Recreation; part of the OCEANFEST, an all-day community celebration culminating in a grand fireworks display


When: July 4th, 2017, Monday, 4pm

Venue: at the stage in front of the, Garfield statue, behind the Ocean Place Hotel, Ocean Promenade. All are welcome to join workshops and musical procession!



Oceans of Rhythm Festival, held in Long Branch, New Jersey for 24 years is designed to bring diverse sections of the community together, for a family oriented, educational and recreational, multi-media festival, that will expand and broaden the experiences of all those who participate, both audience and artists. It is ZEYBRAH's aim to provide a vehicle for positive community growth and development.

Free Admission!

GSP to Long Branch, exit 105, or a short walf from NJ transit trains to Long Branch

INFORMATION: ZEYBRAH@aol.com, Tel 732-571-6545

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ZEYBRAH’s 24th annual Oceans of Rhythm Festival will be part of the city of Long Branch’s Oceanfest, the annual July 4th extravaganza. After a long set of pulsating African and Caribbean music and dance, there will be a musical procession along the boardwalk where all can join in. This year it will be led by a type of African stiltwalker called Moko Jumbe, from Trinidad and Tobago. The performances will begin at the stage in front of the Garfield statue, behind the Ocean Place Resort, located at 1 Ocean Boulevard, between Madison and Laird Streets. There will be plenty of opportunities for audience participation throughout!

Spearheading the African dance and drumming will be the electrifying drum and dance group Yakar Roots and Rhythms, a West African drum and dance ensemble led by Ousmane Sall, along with his sister, master dancer, Aida Faty and other members from Senegal: Lamine Thiam, Ngor Jallow, Mar Gueye and more. Yakar’s artists are each master drummers/dancers representing histories of traditional cultural expressions. ZEYBRAH has featured them in their NYC cultural extravaganzas for many years at such places as The Schaumburg Center for Black History and Culture and Lincoln Center. Members have performed at prestigious venues throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Kicking off the program will be the local group Grooves and Hiphop, featuring Timmy “Base-kid’ Douglas from Neptune and Vernon Stone from Long Branch and. They have released a music video this year, shot in Asbury Park (that can be accessed at YouTube at Basekid420). They will be passing out 100 free downloads for their new release, “Beautiful Distraction.” They recently appeared on the NYC based TV show “Madhouse TV hosted by Evan Ginsburg.

ZEYBRAH is thrilled that Oceans of Rhythm is now a part of Oceanfest -- where people from all walks of life, and of all ages can celebrate together: the beauties of the community, the music and the ocean environment! There will be activities, music and a sea of vendors throughout the day, culminating in a grand fireworks display at the beach.


    Our philosophy is reflected in the goals of the festival:
  • To bring different groups together in celebration of common themes, thus strengthening the community.
  • To provide wholesome educational and recreational activities for the entire family.
  • To draw upon the wisdom of traditional communities to empower the modern community
  • To encourage and foster positive growth for our communities.
  • To provide an outlet for various youth groups and individuals to develop artistically.
  • To remember the ocean as the vehicle by which many of our ancestors came to the Americas
  • To encourage people to take care of and protect the ocean environment.
  • To attract people from Long Branch, Monmouth County, throughout New Jersey, New York and beyond.
  • To emphasize and acknowledge traditional folkloric cultures from Africa & the Caribbean, which so often serve as the roots of our contemporary music and dance.
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The aim of the festival is to create a cultural tapestry, woven with positive energy, harmonious music and dance, traditional cultural expressions, and the beauties of nature, especially the ocean. By holding the festival in the Long Branch area, we aim to contribute to the revitalization of the community, while celebrating the various cultural heritages that exist there.