TT – Pan educator Barry Mannette will be holding his second fund-raiser for the Mannette Academy of Music in St Ann’s this Sunday at 7 pm at Kaiso Blues Cafe, 85 Woodford Street, Newtown. The last one was last summer and it was a great success, selling out and there was standing room only by the time it started. He is hoping for a similar response this time as these fundraisers serve to help pay for needed instruments for the school. The show will feature a variety of guest artists including Tamica Mannette and Moricia Cagan as well as some of his UWI students; Josiah Didier and Raenelle- Lee Harris.
The Mannette Academy opened last September and later this month will complete its first school year with classes for under 13, 13 to 18 and adults. As Barry told Ted Goslin of Pan magazine: “The idea to form the Mannette Academy of Music came about with my love for teaching and my desire to create music literate pannists of all ages but starting from a young age.” He is quite pleased with how things are going after only the first year. His students passed their accreditation exams and participated in the Music Festival taking a second in the Open Steelpan Ensemble Category.