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Published on June 28th, 2015 | by Robbie Joseph

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SAVANNAH CAFÉ – Calypso Ahoy!

SAVANNAH CAFÉ from Heilbronn, Germany, started as a ‘pan-around-the neck’ trio. They have evolved into a small steelband-combo with three single-pans, congas and a young singer by the name of Lilli ‘Sunshine’ Triller, who also plays a Latin-percussion set to accompany their repertoire.

Savannah Café likes and plays calypso renditions from the 1950s by Lord Kitchener, Mighty Sparrow, Lord Invader and Lord Intruder.

They also adore the traditional Trinidadian Carnival ‘Sailor Mas’ and the wonderful story of the US Navy Steel Band (1957 – 1999) founded by Admiral Dan Gallery.

Their performance on stage at the recent Dutch International Steelband Festival held in Utrecht and hosted by the Steelband Shop Holland at the Zimihc Theatre  in Stefanus was a great success with the attendees fully appreciating their nostalgic repertoire and displaying that appreciation by dancing throughout their performance.

Savannah Café ‘s musical presentation was historical journey through the 1950s starting in Trinidad (the land of Calypso) to Havana, Cuba, with Cachuchas and Mambos, then it was unto Europe with songs from Italian and Greek movies. Their melodic journey then took their audience to South Africa, back to Puerto Rico, Antigua, Martinique, and a Caribbean party in a cemetery in New York, ending with Mardi Gras Grooves in New Orleans.

Please visit their website – www.savannahcafe.de to learn much more about this really rare steelband combo who continue to bring to the forefront the 1950s  renditions via steelpan instruments.


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