Creole Day with a Difference.

Last Updated: Sunday, 09 December 2012 Published: Wednesday, 05 December 2012 Written by Jodie R. Johnson

Looking back at our roots with the Music department

Our Music competition, among the first formers, was  held on the 26th of October on Creole day was based on the appreciation of our African roots, their music and instruments. African music has a long history that has been orally transmitted from one generation to the next.


Most of the African music history has been surrounded by controversy on representation of African cultural heritage by non-native observers. Dance, music, and story-telling are among the ancient art forms that have flourished for many centuries in Africa. Music is used  in everyday activities, including music at the child’s naming ceremonies, child rearing practices, initiation rites, agricultural activities, national ceremonies, war times, religious ceremonies and those meant for the dead. In most ceremonies, even death ceremonies.

The students taking part in the competition were expected to display their talents of rhythm and musical texture. The winner of the competition was the class of 1-2 followed by the class of 1-3 in 2nd place.

Idiophones are instruments that produce sound from the substance of the instrument itself by being struck, blown, shaken, scraped or rubbed, the most common western instruments in this category belong to the percussion family examples include cymbals, triangle, gong and maracas.

The membranophone competition, among the second formers, was won by the class of 2-1. Membranophones are instruments that produce sound from a tightly stretched membrane that can be struck, plucked, rubbed or sung into. The most common western instruments of this category belong to the percussion family (e.g. timpani, bass drum, and the conga drum which is often used in popular music).

The honorable judges of the idiophone competition were the first year CSEC students and comprised of Kyra-Akilah Richards, Aneesa Valentine, Janae Jackson, Adayah Balthazar, Zoe JnoBaptiste and Krystal Williams, the chief judge of this competition.

The judges of the membranophone Competition were Toija Vital, Minerie Marie, Kristelle Gorden, Kurdelle Cuffy and Jodie Johnson.

We wish to thank our generous sponsors who made this competition possible:

J, Astaphan & Co. Ltd.

Josephine Gabriel & Co.

Perkey’s Pizza

HHV Whitchurch & Co. Ltd.

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