In yet another first, NGC Trinidad & Tobago Sweet Tassa Academy created the first Tassa Academy website offering online classes from May 1st 2020. The idea came about as a result of COVID-19 restrictions which forced the cessation of in-person tassa classes at the Academy’s compound.
The Academy’s main mission is to tutor persons interested in learning tassa drumming, and is located at Mt Stewart Village, Princes Town. NGC has sponsored this dynamic tassa group since 2014. The group launched the country’s first Tassa Academy in 2017, and their all-female band is also the first all-female tassa group in Trinidad and Tobago. The NGC Trinidad & Tobago Sweet Tassa Academy website gives access to members who register online to one-on-one tassa classes with Mr. Lenny Kumar, tassa drummer for 48 years and founder of Trinidad and Tobago Sweet Tassa. Sessions are conducted via ZOOM and payment is also done online. Mr. Kumar also worked alongside Digital Business Limited to create the first tassa app, and is well known as the creator of the renowned tassa hand ‘Chutney’ a style of tassa drumming.