Five Alive - Moods of Pan 2006
- The Americans have "Dancing with
the Stars", the UK has its "Top of the Pops",
has its "Wiggles", and in the Caribbean, Antigua
"Five Alive" contest. It's wild, it's zany, it's live,
highly entertaining, spontaneous, fun and totally Antiguan.
The Five Alive is an Antiguan
original, distinctly Caribbean in nature and
origin, with global appeal reminiscent of reggae, calypso
and mangos. The show was conceived, refined,
mastered and produced by Gemonites Steel Orchestra.
It has been a standard part of the country's annual Moods of Pan
Festival for the past seven years. The event has
maintained its large crowds every year as fans eagerly
return to experience and see what mischief will be created
Five Alive is a result of
Gemonites' search and need to display the creative genius
and artistic powers of the Antiguan & Barbudan young people.
The show not only highlights musicianship and live
performance skills, but also calls for the creative
disposition that is equal to, if not more challenging
than, a "Broadway Show." In fact, it is Broadway,
the Apollo, Carnegie Hall and Def Comedy Jam all wrapped
Gemonites struck gold when the
show immediately hit a harmonic chord within their
country. Since it's inception, Five Alive has
expanded far beyond the shores of the nation of Antigua and
Barbuda, and the Caribbean, for that matter. The popular show
has boasted participants from as far away as New York
and the United Kingdom. The show's promoters are
always considering ways to expand it's base, as they have
openly explored ways to bring groups from nations as far
as Germany and Japan to name a few.
testament to the show's marketability and star power, is
that there are now versions of the event being produced
in other countries like Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. However there is
nothing like the Five Alive showcased by its originators.
Trinidad, in addition to giving the world the steelpan
instrument introduced the superb "Panorama" music
competition now transported all over the world in
various formats. With the "Five Alive" contest,
Antigua & Barbuda has again added its name to an already long list
of notable contributors to the history of the steelpan
instrument. Five Alive is a gem that is no doubt shinning bright.
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