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CARIB RHYTHMS - Philadelphia Pan Starz Steel Orchestra bangs out Caribbean rhythm

BY NELSON A. KING

Caribbean and other residents in South New Jersey and neighboring Philadelphia reveled in the rhythmic sounds of the Caribbean, took in the cornucopia of Caribbean colors and feasted on Caribbean delicacies, among other things, in picture perfect weather on Saturday during the 19h Annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival at Wiggins Park on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront.

In what was clearly the best weather for the festival in years — with temperatures in the high 80s, with no rain whatsoever and ample sunshine — the culture of the region was on fully display before enthusiasts and supporters.

The event – hosted by the South Jersey Caribbean Cultural and Development Organization (SJCCDO), headed by Philadelphia-based Kylla Herbert, whose late father, Nkem Tshombe, a native of St. Kitts and Nevis, founded the festival in 2001 — featured a wide range of cultural events, and showcased myriad Caribbean paraphernalia and food.

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