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The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism presented a free concert in Siparia featuring Hugh Masekela and the Petrotrin Siparia Deltones


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The legendary Hugh Masekela, five-time Grammy Award winner, world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and one of the best musicians in the World, collaborated with Trinidad and Tobago’s own Petrotrin Siparia Deltones Steel Orchestra to create an album that seamlessly fused two distinct cultures. According to Masekela, this album will be the ‘breath of fresh air that the music fraternities of the world have been awaiting’.

Music from the upcoming album was performed at the Ellis Knight Pan Yard, Railway Rd Siparia on Saturday 10th May, 2014 at 8pm to a packed and appreciative audience. The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism presented this ‘Free to the public event’ as part of the Siparia Fete Celebrations 2014.

The Ministry has facilitated this ground-breaking collaboration because of its potential to open doors to the international World Beat market.  The album, co-arranged by Deltones’ Carlton ‘Zanda’ Alexander, features twelve (12) songs comprising classics by national icons such as The Lord Kitchener, The Mighty Sparrow, Baron, The Mighty Shadow and Daisy Voisin and two other songs composed by Carlton Alexander.

The CD collaboration was made a reality because of the passion and determination of the Petrotrin Siparia Deltones and Masekela’s particular love for this twin island nation. After visiting Trinidad and Tobago, Masekela was captivated by our charisma, culture and hospitality and stated that he had ‘never encountered any nation that possesses the rich diverse culture that Trinidad and Tobago was blessed with’ and that our great nation was ‘unparalleled to any he has ever come across’.

Masekela, world renowned artiste, humanitarian and one of the primary ambassadors of South Africa, its music and culture, has received many accolades for his contribution to music and humanity. In 2010, President Zuma of South Africa honoured him with the highest order: The Order of Ikhamanga.  In 2011, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the WOMEX World Music Expo in Copenhagen and the US Virgin Islands proclaimed ‘Hugh Masekela Day’ in March 2011.  It was not long after Hugh joined U2 on stage during the Johannesburg leg of their 360 World Tour that front man Bono described meeting and playing with him as one of the highlights of his career.

The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism would like to thank Petrotrin, the Siparia Regional Complex and WIN TV for their support.