Braata Folk Singers group has established itself among Jamaicans and the wider Caribbean Diaspora for its unique and dynamic presentation of the region’s folk music, combining new choral arrangements with intricate dramatic choreography, design elements, and costumes, to produce a Caribbean cultural “choral theater” at its best. Among its repertoire is a wide range of folk forms, including Mento, Dinki-Mini, Ring Games, and Nine Night.
The esteemed vocalist, Steve Higgins, has directed many singing groups, including The Fifty-Voice South Florida Caribbean Chorale for which he is the Founding Director. He is a recording artiste certified by the Associate Boards of the Royal School of Music (Voice), and he has three solo albums to his credit. His albums cover upbeat jazz, love songs, religious classics, and authentic Jamaican Folk Songs.
Steve has toured in Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean for over 25 years, and produced the annual Steve Higgins & Friends show for the past 15 years. He has performed favorites from Classical and Jazz to popular musical genres infused with Island music from his native Jamaica. Steve has sung at the New York Mets Games and was the headliner at the Birmingham (UK) Commonwealth Association’s Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
The musical brilliance of young men and women of PANLARA Youth Steel Orchestra sharing their African-Caribbean culture through steel pan music is inspiring. In addition to performing throughout the Caribbean, they have graced the stage internationally and performed at many of Washington, D.C.’s signature musical arenas, including John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Strathmore.
While the prestige of entertaining at venues such as the Smithsonian, the Naval Academy, DC Convention Center, and Blues Alley was electrifying, their greatest joy comes from one of their favorite projects, which is bringing their unique brand of music therapy to seniors and children of all ages. PANLARA has received the distinguished National Guard Community Service Award, the US Department of Agriculture Certificate of Appreciation, and the Montgomery County Certificate of Appreciation. The group has been featured on WPFW’s radio program “Live @5”, Fox5 News DC, ABC News DC, and the 1st Grace Jamaican Festival DC.
Jillian Moore has performed her monologues/spoken word extensively in North America for several Churches, Schools, Embassies and Caribbean Organizations in New York, Baltimore, Maryland, Virginia and Texas. She was instrumental in producing “Kings and Queens Hold Court” at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium and Philadelphia Music Hall with Desperadoes, Mighty Sparrow, Regeneration Now and Singing Sandra. She was also the opening act for the Caribbeana Comedy Concert at Howard University.
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