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 currently is artistic director of the only big band and steel pan group in the Caribbean, the 1688 Orchestra which he started. This group, functions under his social business, Hats Music, which has set about to return live music to the various spaces in Barbados. Stefan is currently reading for a Phd in cultural studies with a specialty interest in music of the English-speaking Caribbean.

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