Emancipate Yourself Through Steel

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.

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