Michael Smith captures Caribbean Carnival in new book

US – If you have ever been to a Caribbean Carnival, you probably remember a lot of vibrant colors, feathers and sequins — little is off-limits in the Carnival parade. The experience of attending Carnival cannot be fully described in words, which is why the glossy pages of Michael Smith’s new book, “Culture Lives Here,”

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Fall Classes Launched in Tamarac Teaching the Art of the Steel Drum

US – The Melo Groove Steel Orchestra resumed their Steelband Academy after a summer hiatus, continuing instruction for mastering the steelpan — also known as the steel drum. Formed last January to spread the culture and pass on the heritage of steelpan, they are comprised of approximately 30 members who perform across South Florida. Not

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Boogsie, pan prodigy

TT – Hav­ing grown up in a pan yard in St James, it is no sur­prise that Len “Boogsie” Sharpe would turn out to be one of the best arrangers this coun­try has ever seen. “I live mu­sic, that is my life, that is all I know,” says the pan man, whose re­al name is

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2019 Notting Hill Carnival Steelband Competitions Results

UK – The Executive and Members of the British Association of Steelbands congratulates all the musicians on another year of outständing music and performances. UK NATIONAL STEELBAND PANORAMA COMPETITION 1st MANGROVE STEEL BAND SAVANNAH GRASS 284 PTS 2nd Metronomes Steel Orchestra So Long 270 pts 3rd Ebony Steelband Trust Trouble In The Morning 269 pts

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UCCI students take Toronto pan festival by storm

CI – Earl La Pierre’s musical odyssey continues to expand his legacy in Cayman, Canada and beyond. La Pierre brought his UCCI Pandemix band to Toronto for the 10th consecutive year earlier this summer, and they placed first in the Non-Calypso category of the Pan Alive competition. UCCI Pandemix played in conjunction with Afropan, La

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Tropicalfete members get ready for Carnival

US – It is crunch time for many bands, dancers and groups getting ready for the West Indian American Day Carnival. The event draws people from around the globe every year. Tropicalfete is an organization working overtime to prepare for the festivities. “This week is just no sleep and trying to finish up some costumes,

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