When I bought my first conga, I could not put it down. It was like looking at an historic musical instrument and to this day, I am still learning about the Conga and how such an instrument could have been used to send messages to the various African villages in early African days. My group has had many conversations about music and how it reaches all cultures in all genres worldwide. It is hard for anyone to doubt that music reaches across all boundaries and cultures in this shrinking universe. And because of our ever enhancing technology, it can only get better and in paid dividends because of Internet streaming and radio Airplays.
We created Conga Bay after spending some time in the Caribbean and hearing all genres of music being played in the dance halls, and locations around the beach area and not only in this area but at dance halls on the islands. You heard music genres from country,
to classical and Motown namely Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and the Supremes around a secluded beach community on one of the Caribbean islands. Some people find this unbelievable but it's the absolute truth. It's not all calypso, reggae and rap. But that maybe changing seeing the change in generations and cultures.
Hearing classical music was like candy to my ear when as a young child I loved listening to a BBC radio feed. Since it was the only radio we had, I got to love classical music mainly the music of the Strauss family of composers and their beautiful waltzes and even at such an early age, I found the music mellow and soothing. I wanted to be a conductor of an orchestra even to this day. I became a writer/composer and loving every minute of it. At a very age, I also heard Johnny Cash, Marty Robins, Patty Page all the oldies were heard in the Caribbean. Again, and not surprisingly, I became even more convinced that music has no boundaries. What else can you think is perfect for bringing people together across all cultures.
I stayed at a popular hotel where many German and other long returning European tourists felt at home listening to Strauss music. I would also hear my grandmother singing all the old songs by Doris Day, Frank Sinatra and other artists. It is safe to say, hearing those sweet melodies got me interested in not only writing songs but becoming a singer. My grandmother had a beautiful voice and sung hymns beautifully and I could still remember her singing all the old melodies from the forties and fifties as she went about her chores. I became a member of BMI after meeting with Andy Anka the father of famous Paul Anka and it was after that meeting, that I became a member of BMI now SOCAN.
am now devoting many more enjoyable hours writing and composing this from starting out as a band member, Conga player to manager. My first public appearance was playing in a steel band conducted by Pat Mc Neilly at an event at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. On that ticket, were Johnny "I can see clearly now" Nash.