Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Mikyo, Santhon, Kaleb, Ian and Ashad at the weekly Fish Fry held in Turks and Caicos. I was drawn to a unique sound coming from the direction of the beach.
This was the first time I saw Kalunka, a music instrument made from two cowbell and a jamblock. The Kalunka produces a unique sound with influences from Junkanoo and latin music.
I was pleasantly surprised to see these young men showing such passion and dedication for a traditional Caribbean musical instrument and form. Too often we see Caribbean youths engaged in self destructive activities.
Here is a short video of the Lunka Boys rehearsing for the Fish Fry Junkanoo parade.[embedplusvideo height=”253″ width=”450″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/2qIraN4″ standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/1nu2nnJDxHM?fs=1&vq=hd720″ vars=”ytid=1nu2nnJDxHM&width=450&height=253&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=1&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=¬es=” id=”ep1967″ /]
But these young men need support as they have limited access to equipment and very little financial support. The band recently started a Gofundme account so that people from around the world can contribute to help the band purchase equipment and instruments.