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Ebony's Pepe Francis to Receive Queen's Honours for Service to Steel Pan Music

Augustine Leith Francis (also known as Pepe Francis), director of Ebony Steelband Trust and chairman of the British Association of Steelbands, has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list to receive a MBE for services to Steel Pan Music. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-13729478

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Congratulations Mr. Francis from When Steel Talks
CONGRATULATIONS PEPE! It's been a long time coming. Appropriate recognition for the tireless (and often thankless) work you have done over the past thirty years at the forefront of steel band and carnival arts in the UK.

Mr.Pepe Francis,


On behalf of the members and board of Management of Power Stars Steel Orchestra, please allow me to extend our heartful congratulations on your well-deserved honour for your tireless work with our National Instrument. Kudos and Well-Done!




MGR. - Power Stars Steel Orchestra

Hey Pepe....Congratulations XX


Conguatulations from all the members of the National Alliance of Steel bands,a job well done


                 The membership of the Republic Bank Angel Harps Steel Orchestra(Grenada), extends congratulations to you on your award. May this award re-energise you and inspire others.


 God bless.

Well Pepe has done it. Congrats on the OBE
Congratulations Mr Francis for your upcoming award for services to pan & I know it'll sweet you as your such a patriot. I never thought acknowledgments such as this were possible for "we" music but there you go.

SUPER CONGRATS PEPE from all of us here on the Steelpan Initiatives Project (SIP) at St Augustine. This is long overdue and well deserved!!!!!


Brian Copeland (Prof)

Pepe,congratulations from the Ontario Steelpan Association!  This is well deserved.

Hi Pepi,

Congratulations from all of us at Solo HarmonitesTake that! As the saying goes " A profeth is without honour in his own home" I hav submitted your name for a national award in Trinidad on two consecutive occasions , without success. I suppose you could say an honour from Her Majesty the Queen, cannot be surpassed.

Go and collect your well deserved honour.We thank you for your help for all the members of Solo Harmonited who were so fortunate.


congratulations pepe, this is a major achievment not only for you but also for the steelband movement Continue to take the front and lead as you are doing now . From Diatonic Pan Institute


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