Caribbean steel band makes spectacular performance in Pinar del Rio, Cuba

Posted: 01-Sep-15 11:28

The Steel Band of Trinidad and Tobago are hoping to spread their music around Cuba after a successful performance in Pinar del Rio.

Caribbean steel band makes spectacular performance in Pinar del Rio, Cuba

The Steel Band of Trinidad and Tobago, consisting of 23 young people from the Success Laventille Secondary School, captivated a Cuban audience recently with their fantastic metal drum sounds at the Roberto Amaran Park. They were performing in the city of Pinar del Rio as a part of their musical tour around Cuba.

The musicians were welcomed by the provincial concerts band who were under the baton of maestro Emilio Rey. They played a range of Cuban songs as well as international titles, including the Phantom of the Opera, Shubert's Ave Maria and much more. There were also songs such as a la Cubana, Mambo Number Five and American Folk Songs in the repertoire.

The performance was a great success and was very well received. Hamida Baksh, the director of Success Laventille Secondary School, said that the presence of the group in Cuba was extraordinary and stated that it was a positive cultural exchange between the two nations.

Cuba has always had a rich musical tradition with percussion instruments at the forefront. This performance acts to deepen and nourish the musical scene in the country.

The Success Stars Pan Sounds will be concluding its visit to Cuba on Sunday, after also visiting places of interest such as the Vinales National Park, which is an important World Heritage Site.

During their stay the band exchanged with the Atenas Brass Ensemble quintet, a brass band led by the legendary Rodolfo Horta – as well as the talented trumpeters of the famous Matanzas Concert Band.

The band also performed in Matanzas and Havana during their tour of the island. They plan to spread their musical influence to other destinations around Cuba.

Steel bands are an important part of the culture in Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean nations, they are an active representation of African heritage and Antillean essence. The percussion music has a certain energy and joy that encompasses the culture of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.


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