Local panists on cultural exchange in Japan


Three of Antigua and Barbuda’s finest musicians are representing the twin island at an international steelpan cultural exchange at the invitation of officials in Kagoshima prefecture, in the southerly Amami Islands of Japan.

On Nov. 18th, Deputy Director of Culture in the Cultural Development Division, Khan Cordice, made the journey to Japan accompanied by two young people; a member of the Panache steel orchestra and Captain of the Princess Margaret School Serenaders Samanya Brazier and a member of the Hells Gate Steel orchestra and St Joseph’ s Academy Rhythm Masters — who placed 4th in the region in Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) music exams — Jahfari Hazelwood.

Cordice, who whose arrangements led the Hells Gate Steel Orchestra to record eight victories, including this year’s Royal Caribbean International Antigua Commercial Bank Panorama competition, said the youngsters have been representing the small island competently.

“What we have been doing is just sharing. Our young people have been sharing about Antigua and Barbuda’s Culture. They have been learning about the Japanese culture so…we had a very fun experience sharing with food… but the young people have been really having a good time and have been representing Antigua and Barbuda well,” he said.