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Jazz, pan come back for WeBeat

Tuesday, May 2 2017

JAZZ Beat and Pan Explosion make a comeback to this year’s WeBeat St James Live 2017.

The return of these two events is in response to numerous requests from diehard loyalists, according to event organisers.

This year’s edition is in tribute to founding member and first president Earl Ronald Crosby who passed away in August 2016.

Though still in negotiations with several sponsors, the St James Community Improvement Committee (CIC) is committed to staging the festival which runs from June 4 to 10 at the St James Amphitheatre, Western Main Road, St James, the committee said in a media release.

Events on the scaled-down calendar include WeTreat (June 4), health day and film night (June 6), JazzBeat (June 7), Pan Explosion (June 8), Vintage Kaiso (June 9), Steelband & Traditional Mas Parade (June 10), boat cruise (June 11).

WeBeat St James Live 17 is a cultural explosion intended to showcase the diverse cultures and recognise contributions of “St Jamesians” in their lifetime.

The event had its genesis in 2001 in an effort to enhance community/ heritage tourism and economic growth, based on a pilot project, The Renaissance District concept, an initiative of the then Tourism Industrial Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Tidco).

The organisation continues to pay homage to community elders and people who have dedicated their lives to the promotion and artistic, sporting and cultural traditions and whose achievements have brought honour and glory to St James.

The CIC has created opportunities for steelbands where they can showcase their varied repertoire outside of Carnival. It is proud to be able to provide a stage where a proper production of “pure, unadulterated” vintage calypsoes can be heard. It has been able to give our jazz aficionados a place where they could come and muse on the local fare and also to be able to treat the young, evaluate the health of the elderly and to throw one of the best street pan parties in country, the release said.

Staging the event is never without difficulties, the most challenging being financial. In its 17 years of continued existence, the organisers came close to cancelling on two occasions but despite the woes, WeBeat continues.



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