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Andy Narell directs workshop participants

Professional and amateur musicians as well as music students from the USA, Australia and France have converged on Laborie for the third edition of the annual Laborie Steel Pan and Brasilian Percussion Workshop. Hosted by Labowi Promotions and the Laborie Steel Pan, this 10-day experience offers participants steel band and Brasilian percussion rehearsals, as well as master classes that cover a range of topics such as the history of steel band music, arranging, and improvising.

The co-directors of the workshop are world-renowned pan player and composer Andy Narell, and Jason Koontz, director of percussion at Eastern Kentucky University in the US. Andy Narell has been a part-time resident of Laborie over the past eight years, and has been working with the Laborie Steel Pan, broadening their repertoire, sharpening the skills of the players, and giving them a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the steel pan and pan music.

During their stay in Saint Lucia, workshop participants learn and play music, but they also have the opportunity to meet residents, taste local cuisine, enjoy beaches, explore historic sites and go hiking. For Labowi Promotions and the Laborie Development Foundation, this workshop is one of the ways to encourage community-based tourism, and to attract people who appreciate local culture, and who have artistic skills and experience to share.

The Rudy John Beach Park, Laborie’s very popular recreation spot, has been in the news on more than one occasion in the past, including in 2015 when residents found an official notice indicating that “the coconut trees will be removed”. It was also in the spotlight recently with the unconfirmed news that a nearby hotel would construct facilities for its clientele at the Park.

On both occasions, the community and other concerned citizens have expressed their disapproval, and online petitions have been circulating calling on relevant authorities to maintain the Beach Park as a public attraction accessible to all. “We must save this beach,” says Laborie resident Nicholas Ambrose, who has mobilised support for the protection of this site. “We must, because we have already lost too much. We need to preserve what’s left for present and future generations.”

“There are a number issues that need to be addressed on that beach,” says Augustine Dominique, President of the Laborie Development Foundation. “It’s not only about responding to what people have heard on the news. We have issues with parking and vehicular access, beach erosion, intensive use on weekends, and noise pollution. We also want to make sure that the Laborie community benefits more from the use of this beach.”

In response to these concerns, the Foundation, in close consultation with the Laborie-Augier Constituency Council, is organising a workshop to develop a management plan for the Beach Park. This will take place on Friday 21 September. National organisations such as the National Conservation Authority, community organisations and concerned citizens have been invited to attend and contribute.

“We want to start from a few basic principles,” says Foundation Board Member and General Manager of the Laborie Credit Union Lucius Ellevic, “principles such as no-privatisation, optimum community benefits, local management authority, and environmental quality. From there, we will identify all the measures that are needed to keep this beach beautiful, clean, attractive and accessible to all.”

The organisers of the workshop expect that a complete management plan will be available by mid-October, for submission to the relevant authorities, following a round of community consultation over the coming weeks.



London - Six members of the Laborie Steel Pan – Andrius Edwide (arranger), Joshua Muroi (captain), Shanyqua Scott (assistant band leader), Chloe Layne, Toniva Thomas and Kissana Renard – last night celebrated another remarkable milestone in their musical career, as winners of the prestigious Panorama competition in London.

The team travelled to the United Kingdom in mid August to join the Mangrove Steelband, one of the leading steel orchestras in Europe. Over a period of two weeks, the young Laborians practiced intensely to prepare for the competition, under the direction of drillmaster and drummer Leon Foster Thomas. The song selected by Mangrove was Hulk by Blaxx/Red Boys, skilfully arranged by Trinidadian Andre White.

This is the first time that the Laborie Steel Pan has participated in London Panorama, one of the main events of the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival. “This has been an incredible experience for us,” says Andrius Edwide, “winning Panorama here in London, with a band like Mangrove, that’s fantastic – but also making new contacts, connecting with the steel pan community and working with such outstanding musicians as Andre White and Foster Thomas.”

“We chose Mangrove as our partner,” says Labowi Promotions’ Yves Renard, who coordinates this UK tour, “because of its artistic excellence, but also because of its cultural significance for Caribbean people”. The band, which has been in existence since 1980, bears the name of a restaurant that was a centre of Caribbean cultural and social life in London in the 1960s, and which became the target of racially and politically motivated victimisation, but also a symbol of resistance to oppression.

The Laborie Pan Project – an initiative of Labowi Promotions – is committed to building such partnerships with like-minded organisations in other countries, as is already the case with Silver Stars and birdsong in Trinidad or with the Eastern Kentucky University in the USA, and to offer performances in other countries, as in the case of the steel band festival in Guadeloupe earlier this year.

In addition to its performing and competing steel band, the Laborie Pan Project provides quality music education to members, constantly enrols new, young members, hosts an annual international workshop, actively participates in community events, and provides welfare (health and education) support to members in need.

The work and the achievements of the Project and its steelband, established in 2006, have been possible thanks to the support of their main sponsors, Wilrock Ltd, to the leadership of Band Leader Quill Barthelemy, to the guidance and musical direction of Andy Narell, and to the dedication and hard work of all band members. Additional financial support for this UK tour was provided by the Laborie Cooperative Credit Union.

Rudy Thomas JohnPlenus annis abiit, plenus honoribus – He is gone from us, full of years and full of honors

It is with heavy hearts and a deep sense of loss that we in the LDF and the entire community of Laborie mourn the passing of Educator, Sports Administrator and Social Actor, Rudy Thomas John.  Known affectionately as “RJ”, his death will have a significant impact on the landscape of social action and overall development in our community.

RJ, a humble, yet steadfast and contrite being, touched the lives of many through his service to community and state in various voluntary and professional capacities.  He was a Retired Teacher and Education Officer and in recent years was coordinator of the National Enrichment and Learning Programme (NELP) in the south of the island.  His service to youth and Sports Development expanded from his community, through the Laborie Sports Association to the national stage where he served on the executive of the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association and the Saint Lucia Football Association during the 70’s and 80’s.

RJ was a founding member of the Laborie Co-operative Credit Union, the Laborie Development Foundation; and most recently served as President of the Laborie Fishers and Consumers Co-operative.  One of his signature projects, the new Laborie Fishers and Consumers Co-operative Service Station stands today as a proud legacy to his commitment and dedication to advancing his community in all spheres of development.

Over the next few days, the Laborie community, in consultation with the family of Mr. John, will plan an activity to celebrate the life and contribution of this illustrious son.

As of now we ask that you join with us and the entire community of Laborie in extending heartfelt condolences to his immediate family especially his wife Martha John.

May his soul Rest in Peace with God Almighty.



Laborie Pan Project Registration 2016


Do you, or your child, want to learn how to play a musical instrument? Do you, or your child, want to join the Laborie Steel Pan and be part of a dynamic community organisation?

This is a unique opportunity to develop musical talent and to help our young people to grow as well-rounded individuals.

We now accept new members, aged between 6 and 16.

You can find more information on the Laborie Pan Project and the Laborie Steel Pan from any of the band members or by visiting

Cost of registration is EC$ 40.00. This is a single payment, and the Laborie Pan Project does not collect membership or subscription fees.

Registration forms can be collected from band members or from band leader Quill Barthelmy (488 0665) at the Laborie Post Office or Mama Rose Restaurant, or from band member Karltus Faucher (728 4994). 


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mokoflix1Moko-Flixs entertainment is a youth cultural organisation originating from the community of Laborie. It is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of stilt-walking and the Saint Lucian traditional masquerade.

This organisation plays a major role in showcasing the art of stilt-walking especially at national cultural festivities such as Independence, Jazz, Carnival, Jounen Kwéyòl or Christmas, and it provides a unique attraction that helps support our tourism industry. Moko-Flixs also plays a major part in the community of Laborie and is also involved in cultural exchanges, mainly with Trinidad, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Moko-Flixs Entertainment is also a medium that offers training in youth development programmes with the goal of empowering its membership through the passion of cultural forms and the holistic development of the youth.

mokoflix3Participation in the national Jouvè competition has become the latest addition to Moko-Flixs contribution to the national Carnival of Saint Lucia. This participation has allowed Moko-Flixs to bring in a traditional Jouvè experience and a unique touch to that event by being the only stilt-walking group.

Over the last four years, Moko-Flixs has consistently placed in the National Jouvè Competition and was this year awarded Band of the Year.

2013- 3rd Place

2014- 2nd Place

2015- 3rd Place

2016- 1st Place - Band of the year