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Congas, Zendrum Create Unique Holiday Music at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

One of the perks of my job is visiting the parks and finding unexpected surprises — like our latest holiday-related video from Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It features a five-piece percussion band called The Village Beatniks and this month they’re playing Christmas and Hanukkah songs, adding jingle bells to their usual assortment of bongos and congas and tom-toms. See for yourself:

While four Village Beatniks keep the rhythm going, the fifth member plays melodies on a Zendrum — a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) percussion controller. That means you can play an assortment of synthesized instruments and drums, literally at your fingertips. Next time you’re visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom, listen for the Village Beatniks near Flame Tree Barbecue.


  • I was just there on Tuesday the 12-15 (for my birthday) and got picked to ring a bell with them on one of the Christmas songs they played… what a great group!! very cool sytle treatment for the holidya selections.

  • I have seen this group perform and they are wonderful. I bet the christmas music is great.

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