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Slain Steelpan Player to be honored with Talent Expression dedication

Southern Marines:  “Best show ever”

Petra Abraham with Southern Marines Steel Orchestra
Petra Abraham with Southern Marines Steel Orchestra

Trinidad & Tobago. W.I. - Southern Marines Steelband Foundation in Marabella, Trinidad - of which slain panist, twenty-year old Petra Abraham was a member -  has declared that in homage, this weekend’s upcoming finals (on Saturday November 20) of their annual Talent Expression competition, will be dedicated to her. 

Petra Abraham was cut down in the prime of her life, by bandits who shot her in the back as she tried to flee during an attempted robbery at Ming’s Restaurant & Bar on Leotaud Street, San Fernando in south Trinidad, two nights ago on November 16.  In addition to being a steelpan musician with Southern Marines, Petra was studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of Trinidad and Tobago.  She was also a vocalist, monologist and played netball.  

Despite the “pall of gloom” that has been cast over the music organization by the panist’s untimely death, the group’s Executive Committee decided to celebrate Petra’s life, by putting on the “best show ever” for Southern Marines Steelband Foundation’s Talent Expression competition, now in its tenth year.  Ironically, Petra had co-hosted the semi-finals phase of Talent Expression less than two weeks ago on November 6.

Finally – this coming Saturday, Petra Abraham’s loved ones, her friends, and her Southern Marines steelpan family will all say goodbye for the final time, to the young woman who had so much to live for.  It is also the same day of the Talent Expression finals, which will be held later that evening.  Undoubtedly there will be several teary-eyed members in the audience when the dedication to Panist Petra is made.

Information provided by Gerry Kangalee
on behalf of the Executive Committee of Southern Marines Steelband Foundation

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