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CARIBBEAT: Steelpan lessons for youngsters coming from the award-winning pros at CASYM


CASYM Inc. — home of the award-winning steelpan ensemble — is starting up its 2019-2020 steelpan classes for youngsters — designed to spread the sound of music by creating skilled musicians of music.

The sessions will be held in two classes, starting Sept. 27 in Brooklyn at St. Francis of Assisi, 400 Lincoln Road (entrance in church parking lot).

Class #1 will be held Fridays, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Class #2 will take place Fridays from 7:30 p.m. to p.m. and Saturdays, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

CASYM (the Caribbean American Sports and Cultural Youth Movement) Steel Orchestra is a multiple winner of the New York Caribbean Carnival’s Panorama competition.

For registration information and fees, visit .Call (718) 503-2911 or (718) 735-6700 for information. Send email to [email protected]

Jamaica-born, journalist/author Sandy Daley has achieved a personal triumph — and a victory for women filmmakers — with the production of her film short “Daddy’s Not Around: D.N.A.”

The film will be screened on Saturday at the Royal Cinema in Toronto as part of the the women of color-focused CineFAM Film Festival.

“Daddy’s Not Around: D.N.A” examines a young child coping with the consequences of his father’s decision the family home. The matriarch’s efforts to perfect her parenting skills, handle confrontations with child welfare services agency and other challenges are seen through the eyes of her son — played by Daly’s five-year-old son Nathaniel.

The boost and encouragement for women filmmakers, in general, came from the CineFAM’s “Micro Challenge,” which selects and then supports female movie makers annually. This year through the "Challenge, Daly and other filmmakers were created films using tablets, tablets, other low-budget equipment while employing “primarily women of color” with a woman of color in charge of the project.

Before the film, Daly was known mostly for her “Real Talk with Sandy” column in the New York-based weekly Street Hype newspaper and her personal relationships book, Whose Vagina Is it Really?"

But she found hiring qualified women for the film project difficult on several levels.

“It was such a difficult task finding some of the specific crew members that we needed as there are only so many us (qualified women) out there,” Daley said, adding that she received “so much push back from men who could not fathom the idea that we were seeking only females to be included in this project.”

“I often found myself defending our right to access equal opportunities, especially in the film business, as the male dominated environment still does not understand the gravity of the situation,” she said.

CineFAM, the Caribbean Tales Media Group and the Caribbean Tales Film Festival were founded by filmmaker and producer Frances-Anne Solomon (who was born in England to Trinidadian parents). CineFame "supports bold film stories by women creators of color. Her “#INTERSECT” initiative supports “film narratives by queer and trans filmmakers of color.”

“I often found myself defending our right to access equal opportunities, especially in the film business, as the male dominated environment still does not understand the gravity of the situation.”

For information on the CineFam, visit and go to Daly’s Facebook page,

Aiding a facility for ex-soldiers in Jamaica and even assisting with their medical expenses is the goal of a fundraising dinner in Queens on Saturday 9.21

The Jamaica Ex-Soldiers Association of New York will be hosting the black-tie benefit event at Antun’s of Queens Village, 96-43 Springfield Blvd.

“One of our main programs is assisting Curphy Home in Mandeville, Jamaica, for ex-soldiers," said association president Stafford Grant, adding that the fundraiser will pay for an electronic gate for the property and to offset some some medical costs for ex-soldiers.

Grant noted that over its 12-year history the association has scholarships to “children of ex-soldiers” and students “in the wider community.”

Rupert Francis, a former Jamaica Defense Force captain, will be the guest speaker at the affair.

The event begins at 8 p.m. with a cocktail hour. Tickets for the fundraiser are $120 per person. Call (917) 750-1868; (646) 712-7022 or (347) 566 -0198.

Business and pleasure will be meeting at the benefit “Fun-Raiser Party” on Sept. 28, presented by the Caribbean American Center of New York to support its free year-round programs.

Taking place at BKLYN Commons, 495 Flatbush Ave., the affair will features celebrity guests, music from popular DJs — and a complimentary glass of wine of champagne, along with complimentary hors d’oeuvres before 10 p.m.

Donation is $50 in advance and more at the door. For tickets, visit and search for"CACNY Fun-Raiser Party 2019."

For information, call (917) 651-4499 or (718) 625-1515 and send mail to [email protected] or [email protected].

A free reception for the community-building Lasco Chin Foundation in Jamaica, featuring its CEO Rosalea Hamilton, will be held next Sunday 9.22 in Queens, presented by the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations USA.

The event — at the Hilton New York JFK Airport Hotel, 144-02 135th Ave. — will focus on the foundation, which is doing “groundbreaking work in community rebuilding through crime prevention, education, skills development and entrepreneurship.”

Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, send email to [email protected] or call (301) 704-6307.

The reception is taking place in collaboration with the Jamaica Diaspora Crime Prevention and Intervention Task Force; the Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force; the Jamaica Ex-Soldiers Association; and the Jamaica Ex-Police Association.

The whys and hows of becoming certified travel agent and destination specialist will be detailed in a sesson presented by the New American Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday at 26 Court St, Suite 701, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost is $35O for general public and $250 for chamber members. Visit for registration and call (718) 722-9217 for information on this and other NACC programs.