Let’s start it off with Jayden, a ten-year-old break-dance prodigy who takes choir, drumming, and art. Besides his stellar attendance record, Jayden brings his smile and his endless supply of energy. Here’s our conversation:
What’s your favorite animal?
What’s your favorite food?
Macaroni and cheese.
What’s your favorite thing at Al-Bustan?
Because drumming has made me a stronger player, my hands stronger and it’s made me very fast.
Fast at what?
Fast at drumming, fast at doing things…
What’s something you learned about Arab culture or Arabic?
I learned that they don’t celebrate Christmas and they go to church and pray and at night they pray. And I learned their Arabic songs and Arabic drumming.
What songs did you learn?
[Singing] Ya leil, ya leil.
Do you know what that means?
“All night” [my note: or, “oh, night.”]
What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up I want to be a policeman or get a job as a secret agent maybe.
Look for Jayden at our concert led by percussion director Hafez Kotain on Saturday, April 27th, 2019