Double second steelpan
musician Shawn Thwaites and his wife vocalist Sabreen
Thwaites have been away from US shores since December
2008. The talented duo has been delighting
audiences as they already have back home, but this time
around while touring Lebanon.
and Shawn Thwaites perform at the US Embassy in Lebanon
performances have been delivered in the cabaret-style
setting of the “Music Hall” - one of the biggest and
best known venues located in the center of
Lebanon’s capital, Beirut.
Interestingly, Sabreen herself previously graced that
stage back in 2008, but as part of the world famous
Harlem Gospel Choir. In celebration of Women’s month in
March, the Thwaites also performed for the United States
Ambassador to Lebanon, Michele J. Sison, at the US Embassy
Thwaites after their performance at the US Embassy.
US Ambassador to Lebanon Michele Sison is in
tourist season heats up, the country - which Thwaites
says was named the “number one tourist hot spot for
2008” by the New York Times - is
expecting record high numbers of visitors for 2009.
And the Thwaites will be in the spotlight as they wow some of those expected visitors, while doing both the
pan community and the United States proud. Shawn
Thwaites is extremely pleased at the opportunity to
showcase the steelpan art form to the entire MENA
(Middle East and North Africa) region. The couple
is expected to remain in Lebanon until June 2009, and in
the entertainment spotlight at every opportunity.
Their adorable daughter Kamari is in Lebanon with her
parents sharing in the experience; she is attending
school there and “learning Arabic and French” according
to dad Shawn.
lovely and talented Sabreen Thwaites
is one of the trio of talented music-loving siblings - the others are
well-known elder brother Sherwin and younger brother Sheldon.
Both Shawn and Sherwin are Berklee College of Music
alums, while Sheldon is currently enrolled at the
institution. All three brothers are pan players, with Sheldon equally
impassioned on drums. Their father, Robert
Thwaites is extremely well-known and a veteran within
the steelband world, and was a member of the famed Pan
Am North Stars Steel Orchestra in Trinidad.
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