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Codrington family fund-raiser tomorrow

JOAN RAMPERSAD Friday, July 7 2017

THE Carter Foundation in collaboration with the Codrington Pan Family will be hosting Impact, a fund-raising event tomorrow at the Teaching and Learning Complex, UWI, St Augustine, to raise funds for the ailing Cary Codrington, patriarch of the family.

Cary’s son Khari told Newsday his dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the middle of last year and since then, though he has been continuing with his music, his condition becomes painful at times.

He praised the Barataria- based Carter Foundation, whose principals Mikhel, Nicole and Gennine Carter try to preserve and maintain local culture, and because of his dad’s contribution to pan they thought that they should assist, he said.

“My dad will be performing on Saturday despite the pain,” Khari said.

According to Nicole Carter their non-profit organisation was launched last year to assist those involved in the arts in need of scholarships, grants and donations.

She said: “The Codrington family is friends of the Carter family. When we became aware of his situation we decided to help him (Cary) out because of his vast contribution to the cultural landscape of the county.

“I think he greatly appreciates it because he did not expect it and with the outpouring of support since we brought it to the fore, he is okay with it.” The show will feature parang band Amantes de Parranda, local reggae fusion band Nex Chapta, spoken word artiste Omari Asson, Jerome Gonzales from Vizion the Band, dance group SOUL (Soul Oasis Cultural Ambassadors), vocalist Joseph Lopez, and of course, the Codrington Pan Family, featuring Duvone Stewart. Showtime is 7pm.

Codrington’s musical career began in Starlift Steel Orchestra in 1972, after which he ventured into the arranging business, working with the Woodbrook Government Secondary School, and took them to the School’s Panorama victory six years later. Then in 1987, he took another school to winner’s row –the St Augustine Senior Comprehensive School band, and after that Codrington arranged for the Success Laventille School Steelband, that twice won the School Steelband Festival, placed second on two other occasions and won Junior Panorama in 2003.

But in 1982 he decided to go into arranging for adult bands, his first conquest being City Symphony. Codrington followed with Birdsong, then Laventille Song Specialists.

However, with a love for imparting his musical knowledge to the younger generation, there were no better people to so do than with his own family. He founded the Pan Family in 1999 that now comprises his wife Karen and six children.

Codrington, the holder of a Grade II Solo Performance – University of the West Indies Creative Arts Centre, 1998 and a Grade V – Royal School of Music, 2000, has performed extensively, both locally and internationally, over his decades in the pan arena.





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