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Colombian Youth Band and UWISTeel partner for free concert

For Release Upon Receipt - October 17, 2014

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – As a continuation of its cultural exchange initiatives, the Embassy of Colombia in Trinidad & Tobago in collaboration with the Department of Creative Arts at The UWI St. Augustine present Los Sensacionales de Codazzi and UWISTeel in concert. The event takes place at The UWI’s Learning Resource Centre on Monday 27th October, 2014 from 7pm.

Hailing from Codazzi in Colombia, Los Sensacionales de Codazzi, all youth group, will sing and perform in traditional vallenato, the traditional Colombian musical genre on the accordion, and the four rhythms that have shaped this music genre: paseo, merengue, son, and puya. The UWISTeel comprises 20 of the finest players of steel instruments at the DCFA and won the first prize at the World Steelband Festival in Trinidad in 2003. Since then, the ensemble has performed its own eclectic mix of music including piano concertos with Guyanese concert pianist, Ray Luck (2005), and was specially chosen by Ray Holman to record the music for his CD, “Changing Time,” in 2006.

Los Sensacionales de Codazzi is just one of the many bands that rehearse at the Casa de la Cultura, an arts academy sponsored by the Mayor´s office of Agustin Codazzi. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, through its Office of Cultural Affairs and its Embassies, has been working to improve living conditions of minors who inhabit some challenging zones, working since 2011 in the development of sports exchanges abroad and, since 2013, with musical exchanges. By promoting sport practice and local arts abroad, the Ministry pursues the protection of these minors and, as a consequence, develop Colombian cultural diversity internationally and closer fellowship bonds with other countries and civil society.

This concert and partnership with the DCFA, therefore, is expected to be one of several initiatives over the coming year. All are invited to witness this musical and cultural infusion.

For further information, please call 663-2141 or email


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(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)