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Merrymen, Dragonaires on stage at Plantation

September 4, 2007

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TWO OF THE Caribbean’s most enduring bands – our own Emile Straker and The Merrymen and Jamaica’s Bryon Lee and the Dragonaires – will be on stage tonight in a show that promises to take patrons on a journey through the ages.

The event, this year’s Sweet Caribbean Show organised by the Rotary Club of Barbados South, will be the first time these two acts will be performing together here.

“We have not performed in Barbados for over ten years, and in my 51st year in entertainment it gives me great pleasure to be on stage with my old friends Emile Straker and the Merrymen,” said Byron Lee.

“We started Caribana when we appeared with The Merrymen and Sparrow, in Toronto, in 1967. We are excited; and promise a trip down memory lane,” the Jamaican maestro added.

Speaking for The Merrymen, Straker said: “We are thrilled to be on stage with Bryon Lee, in Barbados. We were on stage with him in Jamaica as part of his 50th anniversary celebration. It will be a great show, come wearing your dancing shoes.”

The show will be held at the Plantation Theatre, St Lawrence, Christ Church. Starting time is 8 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at Standard Distibutors, Haggat Hall and Tudor Street, The Corner Store on Trafalgar Street in the Old N.E. Wilson Building, Music and Echo in Sheraton Mall, and DaCosta Mall on Broad Street, or from Rotarians by calling 230-0728.

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