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Dads Read: To Be A Drum

  • Marina Library 188 Seaside Avenue Marina, CA, 93933 United States (map)
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Dads Read: To Be A Drum

Sponsored by The Friends of the Marina Library -- join us as we celebrate people of color! At the beginning of the The Friends of the Marina Library's Little Kid Block Party local dad, Jeff "Delic" Tillman will be reading a few specially selected books celebrating musicians of color and he'll be bringing drums to share. Come play with us!

Based in Carmel, Jeff “Delic” Tillman was born in Richland, Washington and raised in San Jose, California. He has contributed to the arts and culture of Northern California for more than twenty years. Delic became involved in music in the early 90s as a conscious hip-hop and reggae artist, performing across the San Francisco Bay Area, South Bay and Central Coast. From 1995 to 2003, Delic released several EPs and albums including "Guidance," "Dread and the Chosen Few," "Rasta I Know What You’re Going Through," "Strictly for the Dreads," "Triplex," "Rhyme and Reason," and "Shift Movement." Delic has shared stages with several performers including The Roots, En Vogue, Black Eyed Peas, Run DMC, Michael Franti, Eek-A- Mouse, Steele Pulse, Wailing Souls, Morgan Heritage, The Ghetto Youth Crew (Marley Brothers), Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Zion I, Mikal Rose of Black Uhuru, Ice Cube, E40, Snoop Dogg, and KRS-One, just to name a few. With a love for music and the drive to learn more about the industry, Delic studied recording and engineering with the Future Rythm Certification Program, and began working at Digidesign (creators of ProTools) and at KDON 102.5 FM as an on-air personality and promoter. Delic has always valued music as a powerful platform for artistic expression and connecting communities. He is now particularly committed to creating opportunities for underserved youth to engage with the arts while developing their social and leadership skills. As such, in 2016, Delic founded Heart Drum, along with Master Drummer, Abdoulaye Diallo, to introduce the art of West African Drumming to youth so they can learn about African culture, develop focus and discipline, and experience the healing of drumming. Delic is trained in the Orff Schulwerk approach to arts education that is based on first-hand experiences in rhythmic speech, body percussion, singing, and movement that engages imaginations and releases innate creativity. He has experience teaching youth ages 5 to 19 in music, drumming and DJing at sites throughout the South Bay and Central Coast including the Carmel Unified District, First 5 San Benito, and Via Services (camp for children with autism) in San Jose. Currently conducting drum classes at Palenke Arts in Seaside, Ca.

Representation in Literature

Representation in literature is essential for children of all races. For children of color, seeing themselves reflected in the books they read is crucial. When they fail to see themselves in books, they internalize the message that society devalues and erases them, and it can negatively affect their self-esteem. For white children, having books that accurately reflect the world around them helps to build empathy for people that are different from them, and helps open up discussions about race and oppression.
— The Children’s Book World Is Still Racially Biased

Interested in being the featured dad at Dads Read?


Earlier Event: March 16
Family Night Ride