This video features interpretations of two iconic African American spirituals (Over My Head & Swing Low Sweet Chariot) by Reverand Gayle Heyward and the Luis Augusta Mosely (LAM) Inspirational Choir on Staten Island.
After moving to the United States, Ray Amato, Sr. started shoeing at the racetrack in 1940. Ray Amato is a second generation farrier, or horse-shoer, as he is known in the parlance of the thoroughbred racetrack.
Steve Bhola of the Steve Massive Rhythm Band performs and discusses the multidimensional rhythms that make up J'Ovuert Rhythm band's with Ray Allen, professor of music at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
Currently, an "Extempo King" is crowned each year as part of the carnival in Trinidad. Three-time Extempo King Black Sage (Phillip Murray) has performed in New York a number of times along with other calypso masters including Mighty Gypsy (Winston Peters). In this scene, filmed at the Tropical Paradise, a Trinidadian restaurant in Brooklyn, Black Sage duels against a relative newcomer to the scene, Fat Man George. These picong performances preserve an important part of Afro-Caribbean culture and heritage.
The Hudson Crossing Park Cardboard Boat Races are part of Canal Splash! a statewide celebration co-sponsored by the New York State Canal Corporation and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.