Web Posted -
October 9, 2004
New York - AFRICAN BURIAL GROUND - NEW YORK CITY
The Steelpan, an incredible invention by the descendants of African slaves who were brought to the western hemisphere, played a prominent role in the celebration services for the Ancestors at the historical 17th-19th century African burial ground in New York, where nearly 20,000 Africans from as early as the 17th century are buried....
...The Ancestors were treated to a first-class concert as their lives were celebrated with the spoken word, song, dance, music and rhythm. The audience was treated to a first-time ever combination of musical greats Huge Masekela paired with the world-renowned Boys and Girls Harlem Choir. The voices of the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble echoed off the surrounding New York buildings with soul-stirring traditional black gospel music. Their spiritual energies connected not only with the audience, but also with the souls of the Ancestors.
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THE LONGTIME STEELBAND
by Khalick J. Hewitt
2004 NY Steelband Music Panorama Results