Brooklyn, New York
- There are few structures that generate instant name
recognition worldwide across all cultures and people, like
Brooklyn's Kings Plaza Shopping Mall. Similarly
the name Pathmark is another world famous organization that
services all cultures and people in the US.
It is no surprise that the annual Pathmark Multicultural Arts Festival is one of the most
anticipated and enjoyable festivals in New York City.
Each year Pathmark provides New York City residents with an
authentic dose of the Caribbean, and top class
steel orchestras and dance troupes from the area with the opportunity to
perform to thousands of the festival attendees and Kings
Plaza shoppers through their festival. The Kings Plaza
festival is part of a series of concerts held throughout the
New York tri-state area celebrating the diverse cultures of
people who patronize Pathmark stores. Incidentally
June is Caribbean Heritage Month in the USA.
Women in Steel Performing at Pathmark Multicultural
This Sunday the performing arts were
front and center, as dance, poetry and song of the Caribbean
were on display. P.S.
242 opened up the event
with traditional dances from St. Kitts & Nevis.
Dressed in shirts that displayed the St. Kitts/Nevis flag
the young people's performances were well received by the
audience. Next up was Ebonč
Roots Dance & Drum Theater who
celebrates the performance arts of the Caribbean Islands.
There dances and drumming by the young machines mesmerized
the audience. They
were followed by the consummate professionals
Pantonic Steel Orchestra
who had the crowd active and singing with unbridled
enthusiasm as they dropped their 2007 line-up of new songs and
classics which included everything from Hip-hop hits like Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" to
2007 soca sensations like Crazy's
Up next was
who gave the audience their special blend of live vocals and
steelband musical backing. The performance was a
pleasant surprise for those in attendance who were not use
to seeing traditional voices and instruments with the
steelpan instrument. Pan Ambassadors went through a
varied set that included R&B classics like Marin Gaye's
"Sexual Healing" and Michael Jackson's "Human Nature."
The crowd was particularly taken with their medley of memorable
reggae pieces. Many of the songs featured were
arranged by the group's budding young arranger, Ms. Kiera Scanterbury.
The last steelband on the bill was the
popular Women In Steel
(WIS). Their 2007
look included additional players to their regular stage side
crew. Opening with their trademark "Woman is Boss,"
and anchored by their arranger Patrick Davis who doubled on
drums, the group looked and sounded fabulous. They
displayed a refined touch that allowed the audience to hear and
feel the musical subtleties of their performance.
As an added enhancement Women In Steel presented a few of
their pieces with saxophone accompaniment. Indeed,
many of the King's Plaza Shopping mall visitors came to a standstill as WIS
delivered a beautiful rendition of "Summertime" from the
musical "Porgy and Bess."
Closing the festival was Something
Positive which provide their stellar blend of poetry,
storytelling, theater, music and dance as no other. The
audience swelled around the performers as they performed a
wide variety of Afro-Caribbean dances to the sound of the
drummers, singers and storytellers. Their grace and
elegance were a sight to behold. In addition, the
accompanying storytelling provided audience with valued
educational experience about the culture and history of the
people of the Caribbean.
The 2007 Pathmark Multicultural
festival was again a tremendous success. Its massive turnout
and excellent performers continue to make this Summer
festival one of the best in New York.
Pathmark Multicultural Festival
through the years
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