Hear Steel Drums Play Featuring Minsky Delmonte

Hear Steel Drums Play Featuring Minsky Delmonte

 Belmont, North Carolina, USA

Minsky's steel drum playingr stretches the instrument far beyond the " vacation only music" stereotype. His mixture of rhythms and thoughtful improvisation of chart topping hits add unique interpretations to familiar songs.


Minsky Delmonte is a festive, energetic solo steel drum musician whose repertoire draws from original compositions and a wide variety of musical genres. His friendly and lively on stage chemistry will uplift you, make you tap your feet and bring a smile to your face. He goes out of his way to create a smooth sound from an inherently percussive instrument.

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, home of the steel drum, his interest in the national instrument didn't develop until he joined his high school steel band in Englewood, New Jersey. He further developed
dexterity playing under the baton of ace arranger Ken " Professor" Philmore in Brooklyn New York's annual steel band competition.

Prior to attending West Virginia University School of Music, Minsky recorded on two projects that were composed, arranged and produced by Antonio Underwood (MM Yale 87). The first was " Soca My Heart" featured on Jazz Saxelloist John Purcell's Trent Song CD (Pony Canyon Records) and on an the sound track of independent film maker Denise Byrd's " Rumblings of the Earth": Wilfredo Lam, His Work and Words.

In Addition to playing steel drums, Minsky's love of music can be heard on the piano. He took a " Jump In With Both Feet" approach to learning gospel style keyboards and as a result headed the Salvation Praise music ministry for over five years.

Whether he is playing at the Waldorf Astoria (New York NY) or the World Cup(94) it is apparent that Minsky loves what he does and so will you.


"Soca My Heart"
John Purcell: Trent Song(Pony Canyon Records)

Audio sample:
click "Soca My Heart"

Set List

Each song is between 3 to 5 minutes. Each set is between 10 minutes-30 minutes.

Songlists are tailored to each audience.

While this list is by no means exhaustive, here are a few of the songs that I've played:

No One/ Alicia Keys

Smooth Operator/ Sade

Jack and Dianne/ John Cougar Mellencamp

The Sky Is Crying/ Stevie Ray Vaughn

Say/ John Mayer

Bahia Girl/ David Rudder

Dolfina/ Minsky Delmonte

On My Own/ Patti La Belle and Michael Macdonald

Suavemente/ Elvis Crespo

Just A Sprinkle/ Minsky Delmonte

Living On A Prayer/ BonJovi

K-Town Jump/ Minsky Delmonte

Master Blaster/ Stevie Wonder

Always on My Mind/ Willie Nelson

...and many more styles and genres