UK – The famous sound of the steelpan doesn’t just provide the soundtrack to the Notting Hill Carnival – it also played a big part shaping the event as we know it today. Around a dozen steelbands entertain the crowds, a familiar sight requiring days, weeks and months of practice to make sure they’re pitch
CA – The pop star’s latest album includes material performed by students at Toronto’s Regent Park School of Music, with proceeds from licensing and royalty fees going to support musical education for children in high-priority neighbourhoods. The kids’ voices and instrumentation appear on Swift’s song, “It’s Nice to Have a Friend,” from her new album
US – The Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) has kicked off its 2019 Caribbean Carnival with performances and displays by dance troupes, stilt dancers, a steel pan ensemble, soca artistes and costume bands, among others. Hundreds of Caribbean nationals attended the opening event last Thursday during which WIADCA also presented to a
UK – Revellers soaked up the sunshine at the hottest Notting Hill Carnival in history. Crowds enjoyed ice-creams and clutched water bottles as the mercury soared to 33C in London on Sunday. The streets along the route in west London were awash with colour as hundreds of thousands of partygoers enjoyed the beginning of the
US – For veteran fans and newcomers to the cultural tradition, entertaining and educational behind-the-scenes bus tours of the steelpan yards and masquerade camps —prepping for Brooklyn’s J’Ouvert 2019 — are taking place Wednesday and Thursday . Several Brooklyn cultural institutions — the Brooklyn Arts Council’s Folk Arts program, in collaboration with J’Ouvert City International
TT – Once again thousands of people took to the Eastern Main Road in Success Village, Laventille, to enjoy the sound of the national instrument. The 21st edition of the Laventille Steelband Festival Foundation street parade came off on Saturday evening without any major incidents, with the police reporting one vehicle was stolen sometime afterwards.