Romeo Ragbir

2009 Florida Folk Heritage Award

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At Indo-Caribbean Hindu weddings and other festive events, the sharp staccato sounds of the tassa drums provide an essential musical component. Romeo Ragbir heads the leading tassa drum ensemble in south Florida. While growing up in Trinidad, he learned from his father how to make and play the drums. Since coming to Florida, he has passed these skills on to many young people in the community and has made this tradition known outside the community through performances at festivals and other events.