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Governor brings his steel pan talents to Sunrise Centre, Cayman Islands

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Earl La Pierre, left, Governor Martyn Roper and Glen Inanga perform for the Sunrise Centre

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 Governor Martyn Roper continued his steel pan tour of the island on Wednesday.

The governor’s Caribbean stylings have been in high demand since he premiered his secret musical talents for the Queen’s Birthday in June.

On Thursday, Roper appeared with his teacher Earl La Pierre and pianist Glen Inanga at Sunrise Adult Training Centre in West Bay, to share two more songs.

The performance served as more than entertainment for the clients and staff. It also represented a budding relationship between Government House and the special needs facility.

....Steel pan performance

Roper closed his visit by recording two songs on steel pan, alongside La Pierre and Inanga, in the Sunrise Centre’s music studio. He officially inaugurated the space, which will serve as a creative and therapeutic outlet for clients.

The musical trio then performed two songs for the centre, resulting in a standing ovation by clients and staff.

Roper has been studying steel pan with La Pierre since April with weekly lessons at Government House.

“The governor just wants to be part of the culture in this kind of Caribbean atmosphere and he has done a wonderful job. He’s one of my best students,” La Pierre said.

Given the public reception, it looks like Roper will not be abandoning steel pan anytime soon.

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