Still time to catch Cyril’s life in steel


Stars of steelpan and calypso will be celebrating the life and smiles of Cyril ‘Scratcherman’ Khamai on Saturday 13 January at the Tabernacle.

The Powis Square venue is like a second home to Cyril, so it’s the perfect place to celebrate his 86th birthday along with fellow pan players, his many friends in the Carnival community, and family members from across the UK so many, in fact, that they have booked an entire hotel in the area!

The event’s organiser, Haroun Shah, told Soca News that no fewer than six steelbands will be represented Ebony, Mangrove, St Michaels, Pan Nectar, SV2G and Nostalgia – and there will be performances by calypsonians De Alberto, Tobago Crusoe and Alexander D Great. We can also look forward to a fascinating on-stage exchange between Cyril and his sister, Theo.

Photographs and film will take us back to the early days in Cyril’s career, which started in Trinidad long before most of us were born. He came to London 60 years ago and soon was playing with one of the capital’s first steelbands, Tropicana. No doubt we will learn much more about what happened after that.

The show starts promptly at 7pm, tickets are just £5 and you can book your place via