PAN-JUMBIE

Carrying on the legacy

TT – Founder and musical director of Chaibes Music, the multi-talented Jonathan Achaiba is still savouring the success of his music school’s first live concert. The Chaibes Music and Friends concert which was held in early December at the Courtyard at C3 Centre featured a range of artistes across several age groups who all have one thing in common: an unquenchable thirst for music.

The concept behind the Chaibes Music and Friends Concert was not just about putting on a show, but highlighting the gradual progression of one’s musical journey from beginner to intermediate to professional, explained Achaiba. There was a dynamic blend of performances which included guitarists, pan soloists, duets, ensembles, vocalists and parang. The concert featured the likes of Stefan Roach, Joshua Regrello and Zoe Webster, among others.

Music has always played an essential role in Achaiba’s life. His father, the late Stephen Achaiba, was a musical icon and a stalwart in the pan fraternity. In his role as pan arranger he led the South-based steelband Hatters to victory in the large conventional category at the Panorama finals in 1975. In 1987 he and his wife Candace started the Achaiba School of Music and taught pan and piano.

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