UK: Ban on steelbands in Leeds Carnival parade due to unrest



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Ban on steelbands in Leeds Carnival parade due to unrest

Out of “fear it may cause trouble”, traditional Caribbean steelband music has been banned from the 44th Leeds West Indian Carnival parade, reported Yorkshire Evening Post on 19 August 2011.

A carnival committee of 13 members took the unanimous decision to have no live music in the parade itself at an emergency meeting this week. Members said due to recent “unrest” in the Chapeltown area they felt they had no option but to make this year’s carnival “a bit calmer” with no steelbands playing on any of the floats.

“We have been placed under a great deal of strain following the national youth uprising and other issues which have been local to our city,” committee chairman Arthur France told the newspaper.

Victoria Jaquiss, steelpan development officer for Leeds Music Services and band leader of the Foxwood Steel Bandits, The Leeds Silver Doves and Steel Rising, said the bands were bitterly disappointed after receiving a call and letter from the committee stating steelbands would not be invited.

Foxwood Steel Bandits

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Yorkshire Evening Post – 19 August 2011:

‘Ban on steelbands in Leeds West Indian Carnival parade’

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