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.
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.