UCWI Steel Band in Europe

Screen clipping from the ‘Concert of a Jamaica steel band in Northern Germany’ broadcast’

In 1957 the University College of the West Indies Steel Band went on a three-month tour of Europe. The Guild selected the band to represent the student body at the Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (UNEF) [French National Union of Students] cultural festival in Paris. UNEF was celebrating their 50th anniversary. Money for the trip was raised through local fundraising events and performances conducted by the band during the tour.

Photo from The Pelican

In addition to the UNEF festival in France, the Steel Band performed in cities and countries such as London and Germany. While in Germany, the band did radio and television performances. Below is the link to a video recording of an interview conducted while the band toured Northern Germany. This precious piece of the past along with the names of the band members was shared with the Museum by U(C)WI alumnus, Peter Carr.


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