Tropicalfete to end 2021 with bang

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Alton Aimable president and founder of Tropicalfete, Inc. discussing the process of the after school program at P.S. 276 with vocal and piano teaching artist, Collin Gray. A
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Alton Aimable, the St. Lucian-born president and founder of Tropicalfete, Inc., a Brooklyn-based cultural organization, says the group will end 2022 with a bang, presenting its Grand Finale on Sunday, Dec. 19 at the Brooklyn Music School Playhouse on St. Felix Street, downtown Brooklyn.

Aimable told Caribbean Life on Monday that the event, which will be hosted by Tanisha Burke, Tropicalfete’s artist and educator, will feature Tropicalfete stilt performers, voices, steel pan ensemble and masqueraders.

Other performers will include Trinidadian calypsonian, musician and author Anslem Douglas; saxophonist Grenadian Bryan Hurst; pannist Ricardo Greenaway; and guitarist Guy Jules.

“The audience will be entertained by a live band with different genres of music from across the globe,” said Aimable, disclosing that preeminent Vincentian-born musical arranger Franklyn “Frankie” McIntosh and Douglas will receive the Tropicalfete Award of Excellence for their contribution to the arts.

In addition, Aimable said students will be presented with college scholarships.

Anslem Douglas visiting Tropicalfete Steelpan Ensemble at practice as they get ready for their Dec. 19 show. He had an impromptu mentoring session with the players providing ‘words of wisdom.’ Alton Aimable/Tropicalfete Inc.

“Tropicalfete works hard all year, and we have had a number of successes expanding our programs and opening new doors,” he said. “So, Dec. 19, the Tropicalfete family is excited to celebrate those accomplishment and this thing called life.

“Tropicafete promises an entertaining and enjoyable evening,” he added, stating that the event commences at 4.00 p.m.

The Brooklyn Music School Playhouse is located at 176 St. Felix St. Brooklyn, New York 11217 (between Lafayette and Hanson Place).

Aimable said Tropicale serves all New Yorkers with programming and events in: Crown Heights, Brownsville, Prospect Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant, Park Slope, Flatbush, East New York, Canarsie, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Harlem, Lower Manhattan “and expanding.”

He said the group’s mission is to develop “the community in the area of arts and social services, with the focus on educating the community on Caribbean culture.”

Aimable can be reached at (646)504-3383, ext. 711; or email [email protected]

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