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Published on October 6th, 2018 | by Robbie Joseph

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Caribbean Steelpan Connextions – From Belmont to Paris – A Love Story about the Steelpan

Under the kind patronage of the Embassy of France and Alliance Francaise Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Steelpan Connextion is pleased to announce the latest edition of its local concert series, to be held on Thursday October 18, 2018 from 6 p.m. at Alliance Francaise, Alcazar Street, St. Clair.

From Belmont to Paris – A Love Story about the Steelpan, promises to be an alluring evening of music, as performed on our national instrument, with the support of other instrumentalists and vocalists. The ensemble aspires to tell the story about the influence of steelpan on the world’s cultures; inclusive of its origins from the hills of Laventille and surrounding communities, such as Belmont.

More specifically, this particular showcase is reflective of the experiences of the musicians of Calypsociation Steel Orchestra who begun their annual journey to our local Panorama festivities some eighteen (18) years ago. The group, which is based in Paris, became exceedingly mesmerized by the music of the steelpan under the tutelage of some of the greats, including the late Clive Bradley and Len “Boogsie” Sharpe. Over the years, they have formed almost familial relationships with a wide cross-section of local pannists, some of whom are based in Caribbean Steelpan Connextion.

As such, earlier this year, our team was invited by the Calypsociation Steel Orchestra to participate in its 25thAnniversary celebrations in December. Amongst the activities that are planned, are a community workshop to teach basic music literacy and improvisation, as well as a concert.

To this end, From Belmont to Paris,is also a fundraising initiative; the proceeds from which will assist with travel expenses, as well as, the production of a digital CD for retail during the visit.

For further information and to request tickets, Caribbean Steelpan Connextion can be contacted at 374.5262, 706.7214 or687.7068. Alternatively, requests can also be sent to Caribbean.steelpan@gmail.com

Caribbean Steelpan Connextion offers their thanks you for your continued support!

 

Caribbean Steelpan Connextions accolades include the following:

  • Representation of the CARICOM Region at the 2017 Astana Expo, Kazakhstan;
  • The Trinidad Saudi Chamber’s Inaugural Business Forum 2018 (which included Government Officials and businesses from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the UAE);
  • Fiesta Plaza, Movie Towne;
  • Opening Night of We Beat 2018;
  • World Music Day 2018 (Drinks Bistro and Lounge);
  • The inaugural Reggae Dub Splash Series;
  • World Trinidad and Tobago Finals 2018
  • The TTARP 25thAnniversary Expo (August 25th and 26th, 2018) and
  • Ansa Mcal’s Independence Day open-air concert Illumination 2018.


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