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Dumpa, Master Entertainer and Teacher

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Who leads the growth of quality steel pan music in Anguilla?
One Giving Guy.
Denise and Chris Graves write "Earlier this summer, Michael "Dumpa" Martin took some Anguillan school children to Philadelphia to perform in steel band competition. In August, the students from Philly had the opportunity to visit Anguilla and perform as well. His generosity in taking time to teach the dying art of steel pan to the children of Anguilla should be recognized. He is another reason why we all love Anguilla and her people."

Dumpa! And it seems as if he is everywhere on the island.

[Click for larger view of Dumpa]

Each night he plays his steel pan with an accompanying guitar at a different tourist venue, such as Malliouhana, Eclipse, and Scilly Cay. Then on Friday and Sunday nights he and his full band (Dumpa and Anvibes) play to a local dance crowd at Hardbroke on Shoal Bay. And during the day he teaches steel pan at the primary schools. Dumpa also trains and leads the high school steel band, which has improved tremendously in the last two years and now performs at numerous events: opening of the national museum, careers day, 15 year anniversary of Social Security, the Soroptomists Christmas Fair, etc. And they play with musical elegance and style.

Dumpa and Anvibes have a CD of their music entitled Pan Fusion. It is a most listenable and professional CDs produced by an island band. Lively, Caribbean beats of soca and calypso plus jazz and ballads. You can usually buy it at the Anguilla Drug Store and gift shops around the island.

 Revised: March 03, 1998

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