gives back to the Community
through Pan, Dance, and more...
Brooklyn, New York -
For the third year in a row,
Pan played a major role in the annual Multicultural Festival hosted by
supermarket giant Pathmark. New York's own Women In Steel,
Pantonic Steel Orchestra and Pan Ambassadors joined other
performers in the annual festival which heads to various areas where the
supermarket giant has service locations. In addition to their
generous traditional outreaches via their corporation pipeline, Pathmark
pointedly makes community involvement their watchwords, paying special
attention and tribute to the diverse and respective cultures in the
Sunday at the King's Plaza shopping mall in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn,
it was the turn of the Caribbean community to enjoy the multicultural
festival experience which has become a staple in the mall's summer calendar
of activities. Around 1:35 PM hostess Colette Baptiste welcomed mall
shoppers and other onlookers to the afternoon's events. Many
determined members of the audience staked out their seats on the steps
rising to the second level of the mall, directly in front of the stage, and
did not move for the entire show.
Ebonč Roots Dance & Drum Theater
Ebonč Roots Dance & Drum Theater
opened up the show with an earthy drum recital, highlighting the talents of
their players; the youngest - who stole the heart of the crowd - was a mere
three years old. The dancers alternated with the drummers and earned
Pantonic Steel Orchestra was second on the program and
treated the audience to a sterling performance with a repertoire that struck
extremely favorable chords with all present. Selection after selection
brought out more and more people on the second tier of the mall, as the
steps were already filled, leaving scant room for those who wanted to move
about. Above, on the balconies overlooking the stage area on the
ground floor, a type of catch-it-if-you-can scenario was ongoing, as people
kept eagle eyes out for spots being vacated by others, immediately darting
in triumphantly to take up good vantage points to the pan performance.
Pantonic wrapped up almost one hour of pan music to the sound of lusty
applause. A member of the audience was heard saying simply "awesome!"
A special crowd favorite was the Shania Twain smash "You're Still The
One" which will be on Pantonic's forthcoming CD. This
will be the third in the
series of CDs from the band.
The Something Positive
ensemble focusing on dance presentations followed Pantonic. The second
of the three steel orchestras to perform at the festival was Pan
Ambassadors. The audience was able to enjoy no less than five hours of
great family entertainment. It was not only those of Caribbean
heritage who were present. Visitors and shoppers from the community as a
whole paused periodically as they discovered the event, taking in different
segments of the show, before moving on again.
Women In Steel
Women In Steel was the third and final
pan ensemble to take the stage. This time, the hostess Colette Baptiste did double duty. As a member of Women In Steel, the versatile
young woman was on bass in the pan ensemble, after introducing the band, and
also kept the audience in step with the selections from their repertoire.
Their trademark "Woman Is Boss" kicked off their set. Since an
all-woman band is still a novelty for many, the young women drew more than
just their fair share of admirers of their prowess on steelpan. They
were the last performers of the show, and by then huge crowds were in
attendance, soaking in every note that the group played.
One difference in this year's event was the absence of
'freebies' compliments the various sponsors who were on hand at past festivals.
They would each present a happy john public with samples of their products,
culinary and otherwise. Last year General Motors was present with the
opportunity for some lucky person to win a car. Hopefully Pathmark will organize
the sponsors' presence as part of next year's multicultural festival. But once
again, the supermarket giant itself has taken time out to give back to the
Flatbush area community, to the pleasure of those present at King's Plaza on
CP - Basement Press Release Writer
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