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The Kennett Flash and Hadley Present

Tony Vacca’s World Rhythms Ensemble

at Anson B. Nixon Park

Wednesday, June 15
Show | 7pm // Doors | 6pm

Tony Vacca’s World Rhythms Ensemble

The music of TONY VACCA’S WORLD RHYTHMS ENSEMBLE is a free-flowing earthy fusion of Jazz, World Music, and Spoken Word. Combining a world of traditions with the American-born tradition of jazz innovation, they’ve created a sound that is simultaneously elegant and wild.

Their live performances blend the hypnotic and powerful sound of giant West-African balafons, the urban bite of tenor saxophone, the dreamy lyricism of electric violin, the fiery rhythms of West African drumming and the funky magic of electric bass like you’ve never heard. Take all this, mix well, then add a touch of Spoken Word and some blow-your-mind spectacular percussion… and you get World Rhythms Ensemble in concert.

They’ve performed at festivals throughout America and beyond, including at Max Yasgur’s 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, The Chicago World Music Festival, The Lotus World Music Festival; and in Senegal, West Africa at Baaba Maal’s Blues du Fleuve, at The National Theatre of Senegal, and at Festival Rythmes et Formes du Monde.

Tony Vacca’s World Rhythms from Scot Broderick on Vimeo.


Tony Vacca has become a true “rhythm nomad,” incorporating a world of percussion music and instruments to create something… all his own.

Over the course of his career he has made a habit of pushing the already adventurous conventions of World Music into new territory, both as a soloist and as the leader of his World Rhythms Ensemble. Twenty-two trips to West Africa have contributed to his unique approach, and to his depth of knowledge regarding African and American musical traditions.

Tony has performed and/or recorded with pop icon Sting, with Jazz legends Don Cherry and Yusuf Lateef, with one of Africa’s greatest vocalists Baaba Maal, and with renowned poets, Abiodun Oyewole (of The Last Poets), National Beat Poet Laureate Paul Richmond, and Brooklyn-born poet Tantra Zawadi. Through his Senegal-America Project he has performed with Senegalese artists that include Hip-Hop artists Bideew Bou Bess, Rap artists Gokh-bi System, and master of the tama/talking drum, Massamba Diop.


Over 100 years ago, Charles C. Hadley created a gift that keeps on giving.

In his will, Charles directed that earnings from the Theodore D. & Elizabeth A. Hadley Fund, under the care of Kennett Friends Meeting & the Philadelphia Ethical Society, be used for the civic betterment, social welfare & education of the people of Kennett Square, PA and the surrounding country or whoever may care to avail themselves of an opportunity to learn and be entertained by a course of lectures and lighter attraction.

Charles was clear that admission to HADLEY events should be FREE.

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