NY: The Caribbean Voices & Pan show takes place this Saturday, March 31 at the Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Hanover Pkwy, Greenbelt, MD. Performers include Jamaican born, Florida based singer and songwriter Steve Higgins, who was invited in 2016 by the Birmingham Commonwealth Association to headline a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her 90th birthday; cultural group Braata Folk singers, the PANLARA Youth Steel Orchestra and spoken word artiste Jillian E. Moore from Trinidad & Tobago.
Event producer Karl Haughton of The Caribbean Current said part of the motivation for putting together cultural events like the Caribbean Voices & Pan show 2018 is to provide quality Caribbean entertainment but more importantly to help sensitize those not familiar with the Caribbean experience.
“The venue we chose to host the event, the Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland was named after the culturally sensitive Eleanor Roosevelt, who redefined the role of the US first lady, advocating for human and women’s rights and who after leaving the White House in 1945, became chair of the U.N.’s Human Rights Commission. This high school is just a stone’s throw away from Capitol Hill and the White House in Washington. Congressional leaders, Senators, other politicians; US President Donald Trump and members of his administration could learn a lot from attending an event like this. This could be a teachable moment for them!” Haughton exclaimed.
Aside from performing at the Queen’s birthday celebration, Higgins’ has sung at New York Mets Games. In 2012 the Jamaican Consulate in Miami presented him with a Honor Roll Certificate for being a Change Maker in the South Florida Diaspora community. In 2013, the Jamaica Ministry of Culture awarded him a Certificate of Appreciation. The esteemed vocalist has directed many singing groups, including The Fifty-Voice South Florida Caribbean Chorale for which he is the Founding Director. He is certified by the Associate Boards of the Royal School of Music (Voice) and has three solo albums to his credit.
Award-winning Braata Folk Singers from New York is known for their dynamic presentation of folk music, combining new choral arrangements with intricate dramatic choreography, design elements, and costumes. Among their repertoire are Mento, Dinki-Mini, Ring Games, and Nine Night.
Patrons attending the event will also get an opportunity to experience the musical brilliance of PANLARA Youth Steel Orchestra who will share their African-Caribbean culture through steel pan music. Rounding out the impressive lineup of performers will be Jillian E. Moore, an accomplished author, poet and storyteller who volunteers for at-risk youths in the Washington metropolitan area.
By Anthony H. Turner