The historic Cathedral Quarter in Belfast came alive with the vibrant sounds of the Caribbean.
The African & Caribbean Support Organisation (ACSONI) in partnership with Belfast Summer of Music and Destination Cathedral Quarter Bid presented the inaugural Caribbean Social.
The event saw performances from across the Caribbean, including high energy soca artistes: Crowd-rocking “Major Dan” from St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Adrian Lenz from Grenada. A new release by “Major Dan” called “African Bumper” with a feature from Lenz had the Caribbean contingent in the audience stirred into a true carnival vibe.
Daniel August, a young singer of Jamaican background performed some Dancehall tracks for the receptive crowd.
Rassie Ai, a Zimbabwean singer got the crowd skanking to a few of his Roots Reggae inspired tracks.
Tropical Heatwave from Nottinghill via Trinidad & Tobago brought everyone to their feet with the sweet, tingling sounds of steel pan music.
To incorporate the movements of the Caribbean a lively choreography by Nattassa Latcham of Antigua & Barbuda to the popular tune “Hello” by Kes brought the rhythm and dance of the islands with the AC-Arts dancers.
Also, on offer was a storytelling tent featuring Raquel McKee of Jamaica and lively Caribbean MCs: Yolande Robertson-Greene from St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Clover Watts from Jamaica, who kept the crown entertained with song, dance and trivia.
Programme Manager for ACSONI, Joseph Ricketts of Jamaica was thrilled by the public response and turn out. He said: “ACSONI has been hosting Caribbean Diversity Week for about a decade and was delighted to incorporate the Caribbean Social as a part of this summer calendar. This has been a rewarding experience working alongside partners Destination CQ Bid and Belfast Summer of Music.”
Media support provided by the Consulate General for St. Vincent and the Grenadines with photographs courtesy of Timmy Man MCK Visuals.