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Posted On February 23, 2022 By In Events, music, News, TF Program Updates

Black History Month

Tropicalfete Inc. and the Brooklyn Public Library Flatbush Branch will be celebrating Black History Month during the month of February 2022 as we reconnect and honor the essential contributions made by our black heroes.  As a cultural institution, we aim to ensure that our students along with the communities are aware of the different arts, music and inventions brought by our black champions. We are thrilled to announce that Tropicalfete will be hosting a Black History Month two-part series event at The Brooklyn Public Library, Flatbush branch located on 22Read More
We are pleased to announce that Tropicalfete, Inc. was selected to be recognized at this year’s CONEDISON’S YANKEES KIDS RECOGNITION CELEBRATION, where Tropicalfete, Inc. will be celebrated for its ongoing and outstanding achievements in the community. The event is scheduled for May 20, 2022, at the Yankee Stadium Party where Tropicalfete will also be putting on an amazing and spectacular performance. Tropicalfete Inc.’s mission is to develop the community in the areas of arts and social services with a focus on educating the community on Caribbean culture. Tropicalfete uses cultureRead More
June is observed as Caribbean Heritage Month in the United States, a period that highlights the versatile talents and accomplishments of Caribbean people living in the U.S., the Caribbean and throughout the world. Tropicalfete’s annual Authors Connecting Program, held each June, highlights the work of Caribbean authors while underscoring the importance of literacy and indigenous cultural identities in expanding education and life perspectives. The Authors Connecting Program is designed for all ages and consists of interviews and workshop sessions with authors reading from their works. The 2022 edition of the program willRead More
Tropicalfete will be presenting a free workshop titled ‘Taxation Workshop for Artists’, hosted by Ms. Lawron Ballard, Certified Public Accountant. The purpose of the workshop is to provide valuable information on the tax code to benefit all artists. The goal of the Taxation Workshop for Artists is to equip artists with knowledge, that they can apply the practical application in real life. Tuesday March 15th 7:00 PM Stream Live on the Tropicalfete Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Instagram, LinkedIn Some of the subjects to be covered are:– Allocation of Expenses– Capitalization ofRead More
After much dedication and hard work, Tropicalfete Inc. ended 2021 on a high musical note.  The event was held at the BMS Playhouse Theater and was well attended by an appreciative audience. This annual end of year concert which is Tropicalfete’s free musical gift to the community was very spectacular allowing the organization to take their final bow for 2021. The Trio – Vocalist – Kayla “Devine Lotus” John, Bassist – Collin Holder, Keyboardist – Henly Goddard who were the opening act delivered a harmonious performance with a soulful touch.  Pannist Ricardo GreenawayRead More

Posted On November 27, 2021 By In life, music, Music News, TF Program Updates

Tree Lighting Ceremony!

The return of  Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District and Old Stone House of Brooklyn Museum annual tree lighting! Come celebrate each other and our amazing community. Free to all, mask wearing recommend. Entertainment begins at 4:30 pm on the corner of 5th Ave and 4th Street with Tropicalfete (stilt dancers and steelpan band), a giant bubble display by Bubble Dad, Dr. Alex singing some tunes, and Park Slope Parents art activities. Enjoy wrapped treats and say hello to Santa!Tree lighting at 6 pm.  4th St & 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215  https://g.co/kgs/MZYkqYRead More
In celebration of Calypso History month, on Friday, October 29, 2021, Tropicalfete will be showcasing an event entitled ” CALYPSO MUSIC – ALIVE AND WELL.” The event will be streamed live via Facebook, YouTube and Instagram commencing at 9.30 p.m. The artistes scheduled to perform the sweet and unique sound of the calypso art form are Designer, Fimber, Tribal Legacy Band, Bronwyn Taylor, Mr Lonesome, Cheryl V, Ras Vally, Trini Shuga, Tropicalfete’s Voices, Tropicalfete’s Steel Pan Ensemble, Tropicalfete’s Stilting Unit and Tropicalfete Body of Vibration Dance & Theater Group. GracingRead More
“Tropicalfete regrettably announces the postponement of their end of summer Carnival Festival, scheduled for September 11th at the Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch Plaza. Based upon the rising number of COVID-19 cases in New York City and the highly infectious delta and mu variants, the decision to postpone the event was recommended by Colden Corporation, an occupational health, safety and environmental firm owned and managed by practicing Certified Industrial Hygienists, Certified Safety Professionals, and doctoral trained senior scientists. Colden Corporation is the Brooklyn Public Library’s COVID-19 consultant, Tropicalfete has spentRead More
TROPICALFETE’S CARNIVAL FESTIVAL CELEBRATES CARIBBEAN CULTURE, CALYPSO, SOCA, STEEL PAN, MASQUERADE AND COMMEMORATES THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11 IN A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT LEARNING LITERACY ZONE As summer comes to a close in New York City, Caribbean music, food and culture are highlighted at carnival celebrations held throughout the five boroughs but concentrated in Brooklyn, home to the largest population of Caribbean immigrants outside of the West Indies island chain. For more than 50 years Brooklyn has been the epicenter of the Labor Day weekend CaribbeanRead More
June is observed as Caribbean Heritage Month and Tropicalfete Inc. continues celebrations with the Authors Connecting Program. The event will include a list of activities,  such as reading sessions, interviews and interactive workshops. The program will be streamed live on Facebook, YouTube, twitch, Periscope, Linked, Instagram and Tropicalfete.com.  Authors Connecting is a program designed to emphasize the importance of literacy and how culture can influence education, as well as one’s view of world events.  The program is targeted at people of all ages and consists of workshop sessions with authorsRead More
Tropicalfete Presents an important workshop for you. How Do Music Creators Get Paid? Presenter: Akilah Phillip – Intellectual Property Professional | Let’s Talk Intellectual Property Facilitators: Alton Aimable & Charles “Cke1” Watts | Tropicalfete, Inc. May 22, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Registration Required https://tinyurl.com/5dhthnry After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with informationHave you seen your royalty check lately?What are the different types of royalties?Do you know who controls your music?ThanksNew York City Department of Cultural AffairsCouncil Member Alicka Ampry-SamuelCouncil Member Farah N. LouisCouncil Member/Read More
Tropicalfete’s Steel Pan Yoga virtual class for all levels from beginners to experts. Our Steel Pan yoga workshop will relieve aches, pains and stiffness and give you a boost of energy with some of the technics we will introduce you to.   This is a relaxing stress reliever project for all ages. If you have flexibility goals, this is a great workshop to do on a regular basis to improve hip and hamstring mobility as well as deeper backbends and shoulder flexibility. Great full body stretch and meditation with some sweetRead More
Borough President, Tropicalfete’s Teaching & Performing Artists Ms. Caitlyn,  Ms. Ashley,  Mr. Charles, Ms. Daria, and Mr. Ricardo represents the CULTURE and the ARTS.  It is still a difficult time for all of us but we continue to strive and find ways to forge a head.    It is inspiring to have 5 persons among the 82 people honored today. We love your talent, passion and dedication.  We salute all of you!Read More
Tropicalfete will be putting on a production for international Creole Day on Sunday October 25 6 PM. Jounen Kwéyòl (Creole Day) celebrating French Caribbean Creole culture Event will feature a live band Alegba and Friends, Urban Dance Opportunities, and Ricardo Greenaway and More the event will be Hosted by Tropiclafete’s Kerandetervillve and Gayrleen Orange @tropicalfete @alegbaandfriends @kerandeterville72 @gayrleen @ricardogpanist @urban_dance_opportunities https://www.facebook.com/events/716330859295354/Read More
New York City Council Hearing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations James G. Van Bramer, Chair Members: Joseph C. Borelli, Laurie A. Cumbo, Mark Gjonaj and Francisco P. Moya Hearing Black Lives Matter, Anti-racism, Structural Racism and the Arts Hearing Details                     Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m Tropicalfete’s statement: This time in history is critical for the voices of black cultural institutions and artists to be heard.  One way to root out systematic racism from society is to use art and culture as a catalyst forRead More
Carnival past present and future meets was the tagline for Tropicalfete’s End of Summer Carnival Festival virtual event. The organization lived up to its goals By highlighting different traditions of carnival, explored new ground with an aerialist, and most important included the youth in the overall production (broadcasting, video, sound, performance and design). The host Melissa Noel and Karen Deterville aka Fimber provided some excellent commentary on the performances and had an interactive discussion with the audience on the history of carnival. The event got on the way with theRead More
We need to get the word out that  our community needs to complete the census now! One of the best ways to communicate a message is through song. We are thankful  recording Artist Cheryl V  and Joan Myers have answered the call with the soca track “Get Counted” and the reggae track “All about us” Kompa, Hip Hop & Bachata tracks to follow. Please go to https://my2020census.gov/, or call 800-932-8282, or complete the form that was mail to you. Regardless of immigration status we all need to be counted.  ThisRead More
Tropicalfete is promoting Creativity and Safety during the pandemic with a Creative Face Mask Contest PRIZES $150 1st  Place $100 2nd Place $75 3rd Place Additional $100 Cash Prize for face  mask with the most online votes PRIZES SPONSORED BY South Jersey Caribbean Festival RULES Submission Deadline Sept 5th – Collaborations welcome –  More than one entry allowed – Contest open to  students of PS135, PS9, IS392, Tropicalfete programs. Email or text Entry: Your Name and Partners Name Name of your design Picture of your design Which program or schoolRead More
Since quarantine has started The TropicalFete family has been trying to to stay connected, and make it feel like we have never stopped any of our activities. Even though we are at home taking safety precautions, you can still have fun playing the pan, and learning about stilts. Now we have the Riddim section on google classroom. This is good for anyone who wants to learn how to make some nice music with other instruments. Now that we are learning how to use pots and pans to make music, letsRead More
Tropicalfete celebrates Caribbean American Heritage Month in June 2020 with its annual cultural reading program. The community is invited to join us as we explore the world through the eyes of various Caribbean authors. We challenge the community to read more with a “Read a Book a Day Challenge.” Visit https://tropicalfete.com/readjune2020/ for a list of 60 books by Caribbean authors covering a wide variety of books such as children books, adult books, fiction and non-fiction. Barnes and Noble has been our loyal and trustworthy partners since 2012 for our fascinatingRead More
Creative individuals stuck at home to help reduce the spread of the Covid-19 Virus has given birth to a number of online challenges. Some challenges are centered on humor, culture, creativity, boosting morale and advocating that everyone contributes to reduce the curve of infection. Tropicalfete put out a call to join the challenges align with our mission. There were individuals that took the initiative to join the challenges before the call was made. Check out a few of the responses from friends and members of the organization.Read More
At the end of 2019, we were certain that the structure of our pan class needed a drastic change. In our younger and smaller stages, email and paper sufficed but not anymore. We knew that if we wanted to continue our growth, we needed to use technology to supplement our two hour-once a week classes. Google Classroom has been a topic of discussion a few times. And finally, for 2020, we decided on implementing it for our classes for the start of the spring term. Then Boom! Then came COVID-19!Read More

Posted On March 24, 2020 By In TF Program Updates

Online Cultural Program

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be an extremely dynamic event, Tropicalfete, Inc is actively monitoring the situation to minimize the impact on staff, students, parents and our partners. With this crisis we will continue to be there for our community. We have transition to remote classes for all our programs hence keeping minds engaged. We urge you to register with us. Some of the services we will be offering on the google classes are: Steel Pan, stilts, Voices, Piano, Limbo. All our teaching artists are available and can beRead More
Tropicalfete will be taking the Seniors at Prospect Hills Senior Citizen Center St Augustine’s Senior Center on cultural voyage thanks to Council Member Farah N. Louis 45th District and Council Member Brad Lander 39th District.  programs promote social interactions among senior citizens. They offer a delightful array of interactive activities, creating an excellent social framework. We foster longevity with safe recreational environments for senior citizens while enhancing their emotional, mental, physical, and economic standards. We focus on six aspects of wellness which include: emotional, spiritual, intellectual, social, physical and occupationalRead More
Tropicalfete is excited to be back in PS135 and IS392 to do cultural programming thanks City Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel 41st District. Cultural programming is becoming increasingly popular in economic development strategies. Neighborhoods and local cultural organizations are banding together to transform their cultural attributes into celebrations that attract people into the area. Cultural programming has been shown to help energize communities by increasing economic investment and strengthening social ties among residents.  Cultural programming can take many forms, including festivals, monthly arts, and music events, open studio sessions, celebrations ofRead More