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Nostalgia Steel Band

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Nostalgia Steel band was formed by Trinidadian immigrants here in London in the 1950s. Every year Nostalgia performs at the Notting Hill carnival parade. In recent years Nostalgia has performed at other carnivals and festival such Coin Street, Luton and Bridgewater in the UK and in Dortmund and Hamburg in Germany.

What distinguishes Nostalgia from other steel bands and hence the high demand for its services at parades, carnivals and festivals, is that the musicians perform in the traditional ‘pan round neck’ manner. That is to say, the musicians march and perform with the steelpans suspended from their necks. That way, the players are at street level, intimate and are able to interact with the various audiences. For other events, we perform in a stationary position, on stands.

Nostalgia’s membership is the most diverse to be found in any UK steelband and includes persons from the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and Europe. And at Notting Hill Carnival we are joined by steelpan players from the Caribbean, Canada, Holland, Germany and Switzerland adding to the international dimension, fraternity and solidarity that is the hallmark of Nostalgia.

When not doing carnivals, Nostalgia provides musical entertainment for primary schools, nursery schools, charities, hospices and old people’s homes, churches, corporate events, community events, weddings and private parties. Nostalgia also holds steel pan training workshops with schools and special needs institutions.

Nostalgia steel band was the steel band chosen to perform at the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics, 2012.

Nostalgia is thus very connected and engaged at many levels. It is a versatile band with a very diverse repertoire, an excellent client base and an impressive track record.

 

 

Biog as provided to City Showcase 2013

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Run to the Beat 2013
Sunday 08.09.2013
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