The Chibale Drumming Ensemble impressed the audience at this years' Yoruba Village Drumming Festival hosted by the Emancipation Support Committee as part of its Schedule of Activities for Emancipation 2010. The Festival, which was jointly held with the T & T Afro Caribbean Drummers Association, took place on June 20th as a special Fathers' Day tribute.
Chibale comprises drummers Ajani Healy, Shomari Healy and Kayode Charles, Chantwelle Shanya and their newest member, three year old Ire. The opening act of the Drumming Festival, they were supported on stage by their cousin and teacher, Master Drummer Xavier Phillip. Apart from presenting their originally composed drumology, Chibale provided drumming support to the St. Barbs Primary school choir singing Orisha chants.
The Yoruba Village located on Piccadilly Street in Port of Spain, commemorates the site where a great number of Yoruba peoples settled in the post 1830 period and after the 1807 ban on the trade in slaves by Great Britain. According to noted historian, Professor Maureen Warner-Lewis, "many of these free Africans were Mandingoe, Eboe, Kramanti, Kroomen, Congo and Yarraba".
Chiblae appeared on an impressive billing of artistes including Ujamaa Ambatana of Princes Town, Spoken Word poet Muhammad Muwakil, The Tamboo Bamboo Specialists and Wasafoli, lead by Xavier Phillip.
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