Caribbean musician feted for lifetime achievement

CI – Earl La Pierre has spent his life bringing Caribbean rhythms to the world.

And now, the world is thanking him for it.

Mr. La Pierre, a native of Trinidad who has spent extensive time in Canada and Cayman, was feted on Sept. 23 with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Caribbean Music & Entertainment Awards.

The event was held in Toronto, where Mr. La Pierre has starred at the local Caribana festival for decades. Mr. La Pierre, a virtuoso on the steel pan, leads a Toronto band named Afropan Steelband and has taught music at multiple schools in Cayman for more than 30 years.

“It means everything,” said Mr. La Pierre of his recent Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I’ve been getting awards, awards, awards.”

Mr. La Pierre was an instructor at the University of Toronto when he came to Cayman for the first time. The year was 1986, and he came to town as a performer for Pirates Week. But he fell in love with Cayman and began sensing the opportunity to bring the steel pan to a new Caribbean locale.

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