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Published on August 7th, 2018 | by www.eadt.co.uk

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Ipswich band inspired by Windrush fathers’ musical legacy to showcase unique Caribbean sound!

An Ipswich-based Caribbean band carrying on their Windrush fathers’ musical legacy are bringing their unique blend of tropical music to one of the town’s busiest shopping spots.

Phaze2 Caribbean Steelband, whose fathers formed the Ipswich Caribbean Band in the early 1960s, will be showcasing their traditional Caribbean beats with a modern twist at the Sailmakers Shopping Centre.

Bass pan player Dave Claxton, 52, from Ipswich, said: “We’re really looking forward to playing at the shopping centre. It’s our hometown and the chances are we’ll know a lot of people. “It’s going to be very entertaining with a bit of audience participation. We like to spread a bit of happiness. I always say the steelpans make you see sunshine with your eyes shut.”

The band grew up listening to Caribbean music as their parents, who originated from the West Indies, came over to the UK as part of the Windrush generation. They formed the band to keep their fathers’ legacy alive, although some of the original group is still performing today. Mr Claxton added: “They have performed regularly at the Suffolk Show for many a year. We do help them out occasionally when they’re short of players.

“Our dads wanted the legacy and tradition to carry on. We were practising in the cellar of a pub for a while until we had enough songs.

“Some band members have changed but the mainstay of the band are the sons of the fathers in the main steel band. And all our pan players play exactly the same pans our dads did. I play the bass pan just like my dad.An Ipswich-based Caribbean band carrying on their Windrush fathers’ musical legacy are bringing their unique blend of tropical music to one of the town’s busiest shopping spots.

Phaze2 Caribbean Steelband, whose fathers formed the Ipswich Caribbean Band in the early 1960s, will be showcasing their traditional Caribbean beats with a modern twist at the Sailmakers Shopping Centre.

Bass pan player Dave Claxton, 52, from Ipswich, said: “We’re really looking forward to playing at the shopping centre. It’s our hometown and the chances are we’ll know a lot of people.

“It’s going to be very entertaining with a bit of audience participation. We like to spread a bit of happiness. I always say the steelpans make you see sunshine with your eyes shut.”

The band grew up listening to Caribbean music as their parents, who originated from the West Indies, came over to the UK as part of the Windrush generation. They formed the band to keep their fathers’ legacy alive, although some of the original group are still performing today. Mr Claxton added: “They have performed regularly at the Suffolk Show for many a year. We do help them out occasionally when they’re short of players.

“Our dads wanted the legacy and tradition to carry on. We were practising in the cellar of a pub for a while until we had enough songs. Some band members have changed but the mainstay of the band are the sons of the fathers in the main steel band. And all our pan players play exactly the same pans our dads did. I play the bass pan just like my dad.”

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