Web Posted - Friday April 23, 2021
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“In The Rainforest” – An Unforgettable Steelband Experience

by Mark Loquan

Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra performs “In the Rainforest” at the 2000 World Steelband Festival
Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra performs “In the Rainforest” at the 2000 World Steelband Festival

Global - "The final night was magical, the players were relaxed before the performance, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe [composer and arranger of ‘In the Rainforest’] was calm and cool. We walked on to the grounds where the band was set up and it was as if nothing else mattered but the music in that moment. Time was frozen. The crowd was silent. The exuberant Ben Jackson as conductor guided the players who were performing as one unit with pure precision, to experience a classical piece of genius by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe. We could hear the sounds of birds, hear the rustle in the trees, experience the temperament of the wind blowing through the trees, and feel the life and moods of the rainforest first hand as if we were actually there. Then in the finale, just when one thought the song had come to a climatic end, the band stopped, with “Boogsie” soloing effortlessly, only to have the band join in to bring the performance to a resounding end.------ Mark Loquan