Capsicum's Meltzer Receives 2016 Tropicalfete Award of Excellence


Capsicum CEO Roger Meltzer and Tropicalfete CEO Alton Aimable share a laugh backstage after the show.



Capsicum Records CEO, songwriter and record producer Roger Meltzer was honored Sunday, December 18 at the Brooklyn Music School and Playhouse with the 2016 Tropicalfete Award of Excellence. 

At least a half dozen songs penned and produced by Meltzer for the Capsicum label have landed on the annual Tropicalfete Top 100 International Caribbean Countdown. Meltzer has also led several youth workshops for the NY-based organization on music industry copyrights and royalties. The seminars cover both mechanical and performance rights royalties and the alphabet soup of agencies which collect them for songwriters and publishers, artists, producers and labels. 
“He has taught workshops on music rights which teach the young how to copyright material and protect themselves from infringements of their intellectual property, and how to use the media,” said Tropicalfete Founder and CEO Alton Aimable.
The sixth annual Tropicalfete Countdown returned a music-filled educational event emceed by noted NY artist and educator Tanisha Burke.
The highlight of the engagement was a youth Steel Pan ensemble playing Caribbean and American tunes, live music from local artists, and even a dance presentation where dancers will do ballet on stilts, said Aimable. “When the band is performing, we will have our stilt walkers and masqueraders come out. We’ve done this before but it was new for most of our audience.”
The event also provided a performance from Klick Band, an eight-piece band with Tropicalfete staffer Keran Deterville on lead vocals for soca and reggae lovers. The 25-member steel pan band — all young players from 6–18 years old, opened the show with the national anthem and play some popular pop songs throughout the show, Aimable said.
During the show there will be appearances from New York-based Caribbean artists Mesha SteeleDaria PrimusSassy Ramatour and Dr. Witty, performing soca, reggae and calypso songs respectively.
Since 2011, Tropicalfete established itself as a non-profit to promote and provide educational services and programs on Caribbean culture and youth.
Aimable said he carefully planned the show to be exciting and children-friendly, to attract everyone of Caribbean descent to enjoy the activities. He also said his priority is the education of the youth and hopes the show encourages more sign-ups for Tropicalfete’s musical program, which will begin in January.
“One of the reasons we work all year is because we work on our costumes and make sure they’re not skimpy — because we are very family friendly,” he said. “It’s always good to support youth, and at the end of day, this is a great musical experience to enjoy and discover what we have to offer as Caribbean people.”
 Brittany Somerset
Many of the members of the Tropicalfete Steel Pan ensemble trained by Ahley Murray are youth from age 6-18
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The Tropicalfete Steel Pan Ensemble playing some classical and popular tunes for the guests.    
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Young dancers performing ballet and soca dancing on stilts.