TT – Unlike its first instalment last year, last week’s Emancipate Yourself Through Steel was held under clear skies at Desperadoes’ panyard in Port-of-Spain. Hosted by popular radio personality Vinyard, the programme was a varied one, treating patrons to pan, brass, fashion, and African drumming and dance.
The pan music was very good, with the T&T Police Steelband opening with a scintillating performance, the band augmented by a brass section and electric bass. Also thrilling pan lovers on the night were Massy Trinidad All Stars, Shell Invaders, and Desperadoes Youth and senior bands. Not to be left, the Prisons Services Band was also in fine knick with a mixed set, including a few back in times numbers. An ensemble of young drummers and dancers from Belmont and Laventille, the Dafolist troupe also gave a lively performance.
Outfits for the Emancipation fashion segment, showcasing a variety of styles from Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and other African states, were sourced from Avery Ammon’s Afrika House of Belmont, were also well received. The show was coordinated by Naballah Chi and models on the evening included Kwesi Moore, Rochford Coutain, Miranda Martin, Elizabeth Robley, Maya, Nicolette and Melissa Roberts, all musicians from Desperadoes, and band Elder Peter Ray Blood.
The second edition of the annual Emancipate Yourself Through Steel ended at three o’clock on the morning of Emancipation Day with Desperadoes playing its 1983 National Panorama winning tune of choice, Blue Boy’s Rebecca.