News & Announcements
TOC celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year. Join us for our special 10th Riverfront event Sat August 1, 2015.
Taste Of The Caribbean & Jerk Festival
P.O. Box 1604
Hartford, CT 06144-1604
Phone: (860) 306-1693
Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival 2015 Festival Entertainers.
Live Entertainment - Dance into the night with live Caribbean rhythms from local, national and international musical artists.
Children Village - Talent Competition – This year's festivities include a Children's Village with bounce stations, face painting, jewelry-making and much more. Children will also be showing off their talents in the inaugural TOC Children Talent Competition.
Caribbean Travel Village – Plan your next Caribbean getaway with island travel experts. Learn how you can enjoy the beautiful world class destinations and pristine azure beaches that the Caribbean has to offer.
Healthy Body Pavilion – Learn how you can get island fit and bikini ready with experts in our Healthy Body Pavilion. Consult with health care professionals and nutritionists from Hartford’s Community Health Services on healthy diets for a healthy body.
2015 Performers Include:
Luciano - Jamaican Born Reggae Artist
An inspirational songwriter and recording artist, a brilliant performing
star and international ambassador of Jamaican popular Reggae music,
Jepther W. McClymont aka Luciano was born in Davey Town, near Mandeville
in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica. He grew up singing in the Adventist
church choir while learning to play the guitar at home. He says, "I fell
in love with the guitar from my youthful years."
In his teens he started to sing on local sound systems at parties and dances. In his early twenties, he relocated from rural Jamaica to live in Kingston, where he had always aspired to pursue a career in music. He did odd jobs to earn a livelihood when times were really tight in this new environment where he had to trod the sidewalks to visit many studios seeking that tough first break. Following the suggestion of his mentor, Homer Harris, he changed his name to Luciano and further energized his attempt to secure the recording opportunities he was hungrily pursuing.
With a new name and the new decade of the ‘90s, Luciano began recording for a
few producers but remained unrecognized until he recorded ‘Shake It Up’ for
Freddie McGregor’s Big Ship label. ‘Shake It Up’ became a number one hit on the
U.K. Reggae chart in 1993 and proceeded to start the recording career of Luciano
rolling. His next label stop was X-Terminator Records with producer Philip ‘Fattis’
Burell at the controls. Here Luciano recorded his formative album Where There is
Life released by Island Jamaica Records; it brought him instant world wide acclaim
as the reggae messenger and a roots and culture icon. His lyrical themes are the
quintessential Rastafarian anthem that sings praises to equality and justice for
all of mankind.
Luciano is constantly working to advance and preserve Roots and Culture Reggae and maintains the integrity of the music by expressing spirituality and conscientiousness with sincerity. He remains a leader among those next-generation reggae artists who’ve held fast to the music’s original intentions. As such, his songs have the power to touch the soul, to communicate spiritual truths and uplift our hearts
Elan Trotman - Barbadian Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist
Saxophonist Elan Trotman has quickly become one of contemporary jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers, and continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer and recording artist.
Rihanna may be the most famous Barbadian making worldwide headlines, but sax-man Elan Trotman is another gifted Islander who is quickly becoming one of the fastest rising stars on the jazz scene. A former Boston Public Schools Educator and Berklee College of Music graduate, Trotman continues to define his brand as a young lion as he continues to perform at major jazz festivals, cruises and jazz clubs in the US, Europe and The Caribbean. Elan was heavily influenced by the smooth sounds of Grover Washington Jr as a child, but upon his arrival in Boston, MA in 1998, he discovered the world of bebop and immediately fell in love with the sounds and styles of the jazz legends. A rich tenor sax sound has always been his trademark, and he’s often compared to fellow sax-man Kirk Whalum with an instantly identifiable playing style that is vocallike.
TERRY GAJRAJ BAND
Terry Gajraj Band
Iroko Nuevo Performance Group is a thirteen-member ensemble specializing in music and dance from Afro-Cuban folkloric traditions, such as Yoruba, Congo, Palo, rumba, carnival, son and more. Iroko Nuevo had its origins in 2001, when Artistic Director Miguel Periche, a native of Holguín, Cuba, and principal dancer of Conjunto Folklórico Okú, left Cuba for the Pioneer Valley. For several years Miguel’s ensemble was known as Grupo Folklorico Palo Santo, and, in addition to performances, held weekly dance classes in Northampton, MA. In 2012, the group expanded, adding professional singers and additional musicians, and changed its name to Iroko Nuevo, reflecting the new focus. In the Afro-Cuban religion Lucumí, or Santeria, the iroko tree is a gathering place for the orishas - the saints and ancestors of African religion. The dancers, musicians and singers of Iroko Nuevo gather in this same spirit. We believe that dance, drum and song are not only good for the soul, but help to build community.
The Iroko Nuevo Performance Group has performed in schools, museums, community festivals,
benefits for local non-profit organizations, and private venues, and has been teaching
and performing Afro-Cuban dance in the Pioneer Valley since 2007. In 2013 the group
received Massachusetts Cultural Council grants from Easthampton, Greenfield, Holyoke,
Northampton and Shutesbury to host a series of events, La Noche Cubana: An Afro-Cuban
Dance and Drum Experience. This "Cuban Night" features live music, dance performances,
song, education about Afro-Cuban traditions and a community dance. From rumba to carnival,
folkloric to contemporary hip hop, Iroko Nuevo is pleased to share the beauty of Cuban
rhythms, song, and dance.
For more information on upcoming events find us on Facebook, or at our website IrokoNuevo.com.