What We Hear

Perhaps the most persistent of the rhythms associated with festivals in Barbados over the years is the rhythm of the Tuk Band. This strolling group of entertainers carried bass and kettle drums, a penny whistle and triangle. They were accompanied by a disguised male figure, dressed as a woman, usually with an extended rear end, which moved to the compelling rhythms.

Crop Over - Pan in Btown

The Tuk rhythm has steadily infiltrated our calypso music. It is the core beat of works by both our veteran exponents of the art form and our younger, emerging talent.


The Summer Arts

Festival will be presenting a big-band concert, featuring the Tuk rhythms, the beat of Barbados, in all its forms, during the Hastings Arts Mart.

Developing the creative expressions of our people

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