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Pathmark Multicultural Festival 2007

Steelbands Celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month with Prominent Appearance
Women In Steel, Pantonic and Pan Ambassadors Soar

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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 Festival

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 "Cold Sweat."

Up next was Pan Ambassadors 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

Contact: Pantonic Steel Orchestra - www.pantonic.com | info@pantonic.com | pantonic1@aol.com
Contact: Women In Steel - www.womeninsteel.panonthenet.com | womeninsteel@hotmail.com
Contact: Pan Ambassadors - www.ambassadors.panonthenet.com

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