As part of cultural activities in Cuba marking the 50th anniversary of Trinidad-Tobago’s independence, a gala will be held at Havana’s National Theater on August 30 to pay homage to outstanding Trinidadian artist Patricia Bishop, who passed away in 2011.
In a recent press conference, Trinidadian ambassador to Cuba Jennifer Jones invited the Cuban people to participate in the homage-paying gala for Bishop, who became an icon of her country’s cultural area, Pl news agency reported. Patricia Bishop was granted numerous distinctions for her work as musical director, musicologist, fashion designer, historian and civil rights activists. She was the first musician to have achieved a combination of a steel band with a symphonic orchestra. The gala will also pay tribute to the so-called “steelpan” or steel drum, a music instrument created in Trinidad-Tobago in the early 20th century.