The Chibale Drumming Ensemble, also known Chibale (chee-bah-lay), had an extremely busy and productive Emancipation season this year.
The group performed with ‘Something Positive' from New York at the Grand Opening of the Emancipation Village, with highly acclaimed local drumming and dancing group ‘Wasafoli' on Emancipation Day and played back-up drums for the National Young Emancipation King during his performance at the Village. They also had the opportunity to perform their own repertoire for an Emancipation Charity Dinner held in Arima.
However, the undoubted highlight of their Emancipation season was the opportunity to thrill Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar with their drumming talent at the Emancipation Village, Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain.
On stage with the Prime Minister enjoying the Chibale routine, were Attorney General, Anand Ramlogan, Minister of Culture, Winston ‘Gypsy' Peters, other members of the Prime Ministerial entourage and Chairman of the Emancipation Support Committee, Brother Khafra Kambon.
The massive audience at the Savannah shrieked in delight when the youngest member of Chibale, Ire, took his turn to do a solo on the drum. The crowd was even more impressed with the skills of Shomari, Ajani and Kayode as they performed selected items from their every expanding repertoire of African, Caribbean and Trinidad and Tobago drum rhythms.
Indeed an exciting and rewarding end to Emancipation for the talented children of Idakeda!
Please click here to enjoy images from Chibale performances.
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