American Beatbox Championship begins in Gowanus

More than 100 performers gathered in Gowanus on Friday for the start of the 2015 American Beatbox Championship. Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion

More than 100 performers gathered in Gowanus on Friday for the start of the 2015 American Beatbox Championship.

More than 100 performers gathered in Gowanus on Friday for the start of the 2015 American Beatbox Championship. (10/23/15)

GOWANUS - More than 100 performers gathered in Gowanus on Friday for the start of the 2015 American Beatbox Championship.

Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion mimicking drums with one's mouth.

Men, women and children of all ages are competing at the Littlefield Stage in Gowanus. Competitors performed a variety of beats, including reggae, hip-hop and dubstep.

Current female beatbox world champion Kaila Mullady says the event provides beatboxers an opportunity to learn something new about the art and help other performers.

"It gives a chance to hear new sounds, hear what others are working on and to support and encourage each other," Mullady says.

The event continues through the weekend, ending on Sunday.

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