Watch 1688 Collective And Nikita Pay Tribute To Irving Burgie

Sweet. Back in January, the 13th to be exact, at the Naniki Jazz Festival, 1688 Collective paid tribute to Irving Burgie – the American songwriter of Barbadian descent, who penned our national anthem. The self-dubbed big band performed Dr. Stefan Walcott arrangements of Burgie’s songs, and even had help from vocalist Nikita Browne. Watch their…

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Stefan Walcott is a Barbadian pianist and composer. Throughout his career, Stefan has been privileged to perform with and write for a wide cross-section of artists, both in England where he studied and in his native Barbados. Stefan has arranged for Nicholas Brancker, the Brazilian Sinfonica and created Handel’s Caribbean Messiah, a re-working of the classical work. Stefan currently is director of the 1688 Collective a production company and 1688 Dingolay Inc. a not-for-profit. Stefan currently has a PhD in cultural studies with interest in music of the English-speaking Caribbean.

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