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Friday, May 3, 2019


(Judges Calvin Human and Caroline Smart with Bryan Clarke and (left) Apelele Hlongwa from Gordon Road and (opposite) Caleb Gilbert from Hillcrest High)

The annual Steel Drum Festival held under the auspices of the National Creative Arts Youth Festival was held at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban on May 3, 2019.

The competition, which has been running for 24 years was originally organised by Dobri Paliev and Bryan Clarke. Paliev left South Africa some years ago and Clarke has been running the project since that time. His dynamism and passion for the project has resulted in its major success and each year, the auditorium of the theatre is filled with enthusiastic and energetic young people inspired by steel drum music.

artSMart has contributed two trophies for the competition – one for a primary school learner and the other for a high school learner. The judges look for an individual who shows strong focus and commitment as well as presenting a sense of enjoyment to the audience. This year, the primary school artSMart Rising Star Trophy went to Apelele Hlongwa from Gordon Road. The high school artSMart Rising Star Trophy went to Caleb Gilbert from Hillcrest High.

The Spirit Trophy, which is given to a band that provides much energy and elicits a highly enthusiastic response from the audience, was won this year by St Marys.

Winners in the primary school section were: Kokstad Junior Grade 6 in first place winning the Drum For Joy Trophy; Brown School Grade 5 in second place sinning the Troubadour Trophy and Warner Beach in third place winning the Dobri Paliev trophy.

Winners in the high school section were Hillcrest High in first place winning the Troubadour Trophy and Inanda Grade 9 in second place, winning the Elizabeth Sneddon Trophy.

This year’s judges were Calvin Human and Caroline Smart.