The Creative Production and Training Centre’s (CPTC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Angella Patterson, is inviting Jamaicans to a free concert at Emancipation Park, New Kingston, on Thursday (December 17) starting at 6.30 pm.
“Different groups will perform drumming and voice renditions, including songs and poems. It is a family event,” Mrs. Patterson explained.
Performing groups will include L’Acadco, Drum Expression, Kingston Drummers and the Chinese Dragon Dance, who do their dance to a particular kind of drumming. There will also be individual drummers, such as Michael Pinnock, who will perform with his steel pan.
Elaborating on the lineup, Mrs. Patterson said that a number of choirs will also perform, including the National Chorale, Carifolk Singers and several high school choirs from institutions such as Kingston College, St Georges College and Vauxhall High School.
Mrs. Patterson said that she regarded the concert as another manifestation of the importance that CPTC places on the performing and celebratory arts that define Jamaicans as a people.
“Drums are a very important part of people of African descent and an integral part of our living. This importance still continues today, and can be seen in our popular music,” she said.
Parking will be available in the No 2 National Housing Trust car park and security will also be in place.