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Enchanting musical performance from the One Man Steel Band
August 12, 2018, 12:00 pm
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The Embassy of Guyana in collaboration with National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL) organized a concert titled ‘Caribbean Musical Safari’ that showcased visiting performing-artist Michael George, of the ‘One Man Steel Band’.

The concert, which was part of NCCAL’s 13th Summer Cultural Festival, was held at Abdulhussain Abdulridha Theater on 4 August. The Ambassador of Guyana to Kuwait Professor Dr. Shamir Ally welcomed the gathering that included members of the diplomatic corps, Kuwait officials and members of the local and expat communities in Kuwait.

Michael George, a Trinidad native who lives in the United States, gave his energetic and inimitable versatile solo performance on the steelpan, an instrument shaped like steel drums. The steelpan, which produces exhilarating musical tones that replicate the sounds of an entire band. often forms the main percussion instruments in annual carnival festivities of Trinidad & Tobago, the Caribbean island nation with its distinctive traditions.

During the evening’s entertainment, Michael performed a variety of popular songs, while sharing interesting facts about the nature and beauty of the Caribbean.  Among the songs rendered by the artist were, ‘Under the Sea’ from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, ‘Island in the Sun’ by Harry Belafonte, The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens, ‘Lean on Me’ by Bill Withers and ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong.

In his address to the gathering, the Guyanese Ambassador expressed his thanks to all persons involved in making the enchanting special night come to life.

A solemn two-minute silence was held on the occasion in honor of the martyrs of the 2 August 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

 

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