Local talented pan players are at Camana Bay’s Observation Tower on Friday, 7 June from 5 to 7pm.
The Pantastic group is raising money to travel to Toronto this summer to join UCCI and Toronto’s AfroPan steel pan bands at the Caribana 2013 Festival and Parade.
Caribana is a festival of Caribbean culture and traditions held each summer in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a Caribbean Carnival event, that has been billed as North America’s largest street festival, frequented by more than 1.3 million visitors each year for the festival’s final parade and an overall attendance of two million.
The Afropan Steel band is known as The People’s Band and is Toronto’s oldest and most successful steel band. The pioneers of Afropan, an intimate group of pannists from Trinidad, got together in Toronto as early as 1970. It was not, however, until 1973 as “Harriet Tubman Survivors” that the Afropan Steel band was formally founded. Since 1973 Afropan, under the leadership of Earl La Pierre Sr., has won the “Best Playing Steel Band Competition” at the Caribana Festival a total 28 times, and has ranked in the top three on all other occasions.
For Cayman’s students of the instrument, it presents an outstanding opportunity to participate in a festival with one of the most talented bands currently performing.
At Camana Bay, Pantastic performances also take place on Friday, 14th and Friday, 21 June at the same time and place.