The opening ceremonies included various acts highlighting the local culture of Bermuda including 4-Forty-1, the official band of the 35th America's Cup, Gene Steede, the H&H Gombeys
, the Gombey
Evolution, the "Proud to be Bermudian" cast, the Royal Bermuda Regiment, Cindy Smith, John Seymour, Liv MisLu, Desmond "Rivah" Smith, Live Wire, John Seymour, Aimee Bento and Quinn Outerbridge.
Our thirty-five strong Bermuda contingent represented Bermuda in dance, music, gombey performance, crafts, literary arts, spoken word, visual arts and the Symposium.
Speaker, Our participants included eleven representatives from five Gombey troupes (dancers Germiko Gardner, Zane Hendrickson, Bilal Binns, Vaughronde Joseph, Seion Darrell and Harley Place; drummers Zaniko Hendrickson, Kelvon (Showande) Butterfield, Robert Wilson, Dennis Parsons and Earshun DeShields); six senior dancers from United Dance Productions Junior Company featuring Keiazia (Key-a-sha) Burchall-Busby; Karina Forth; Shani Tucker; Zya (Zy-eh) Fraser; Zane (Za-ney) Aberdeen; and InDasia (In-dey-sha) Showers-Reid along with Instructor Suzette Harvey - Founder and Director of United Dance Productions ; solo dancer Rikkai Scott; seven members of the Wall Street Band; vocalists Joy T.
Speaker, Our participants delighted audiences with the pulsating rhythms of our Gombey dancers and drummers; the soulful yet powerful singing of our vocalists; and the exquisite, elegant yet artful, spectacular, professional and creative movements of our dancers.
Noted jazz musician and musicologist Marjorie Whylie is an expert on African derived drum rhythms like kumina, etu, bhurru, gerrey, gombey
and nago, which are still played in Jamaica today.
Passengers on today's first flight were regaled with colorful Gombey
dancers, a steel drum band and island-themed food and drinks during a celebration at the airport.
To help ring in the New Year, Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa is hosting its annual New YearOs Eve Gala with live music at the Tamarisk Room restaurant and a special Gombey
Dance performance, one of BermudaOs oldest and richest traditions.
Along the trial, you can experience the brilliant Gombey
They include the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Bermuda National Gombey
Troup, the Flying Gunners Motorcycle Display Team, The Royal Army of Oman, Switzerland's Top Secret Drum Corps, The Royal Horse Artillery, the traditional band of the Republic of Korea and the US Army Drill Team.
dancing, calypso and steel bands are all part of Bermuda's way of life.
newscaster Carmel Kilkenny, George Vathilakis, chairman of the English Montreal School Board, Clarence Bayne, well known black educator and past President of The Black Theatre Workshop, David Bronsetter and David Gutnic, both radio personalities, Carl Whittaker, member of the Federal Immigration and Refugee Board, Curtis George, President of the Quebec Board of Black Educators, Marlene Jennings, M.P., entertainer and recording artist, Lorraine Klassen, Reverend Daryl Gray of the Union United Church, Montreal city councillors Sonia Biddle and Ketley Beauregard, Fiona Downey, Katherine Gombey
of CBC television and radio, and newspaper columnist Rochelle Lash.
PHOTO : Dancing gombeys
are part of the colorful street life in Bermuda (top).