Our musicians play a variety of instruments including drums (djembe, kettle, bass), penny whistle, steel pan and maracas.
The Israel Lovell Foundation drummers have represented Barbados throughout the Caribbean, United States, Canada, Europe and South America. They have participated in the Emancipation celebrations in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago where they had the honour of playing on the same stage as the renowned South African singer Miriam Makeba “Mama Africa”.
Our musicians also participated at the annual Grenada Drum Festival, leaving the organizers and fellow participants wanting more of the infectious sounds and rhythms they played. They have participated at all major festivals in Barbados, including Barbados' National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA), where they obtained many incentive awards as accompanying music for the ILF dancers. In addition, they have won gold, silver and bronze awards in the category of music at NIFCA.
ILF's Folk Choir has participated at numerous local cultural events, on the hotel/restaurant circuit and, as part of a combined choir at NCF Cavalcades during Crop Over season and at the Spirit Of The Nation show during Barbados' celebration of national Independence.
The Steel Orchestra has excelled at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) and has also performed at Crop Over events such as Pan Pun De Sand and Pan In De City. Some of our talented steel pan players have gone on to play in the National Steel Orchestra, which has represented the country abroad.
In music, ILF offers:
Traditional Barbadian Tuk Band, complete with Folk Characters (Mother Sally, Stiltmen, Shaggy Bears)
Afro-Caribbean drum arrangements and accompaniment
Traditional Barbadian Folk Choir