A. Listen to Natalie and answer the questions.
1 Do people in Trinidad and Tobago only listen to local music, or music from around the world?
2 Which instruments in the pictures does Natalie talk about?
B. Listen again. Which instrument does Natalie play now? Which doesn’t she play? Why?
1 both 2 steel drums, piano
The piano, but not the steel drum.
She couldn’t travel with it.
INTERVIEWER Erm, Natalie, did you have a lot of experience of music when you were little?
NATALIE I think I was very lucky, in that I came from Trinidad and Tobago, so when I was younger there was a lot of music around me all the time. Lots of different types of music. We did have music from the rest of the world but our local music is very special.
I Was that in your home, or just generally in the streets and …?
N It’s everywhere. You cannot get away from music in Trinidad. We have … we’ve created our own instrument called the steel drum. And you put … you take an oil drum and you hammer it and you get notes out of it. And they make huge orchestras … and I learned how to play the steel drum when I was a little girl.
I Do you have one?
N I have one in Trinidad, but they’re very difficult to travel with.
I How, how big is it?
N Erm, I would say it’s about – what’s this? – half a metre wide, maybe, and probably a metre high.
N And you play it with sticks, so I couldn’t really travel with it. But Trinidad definitely has a lot of variety. We have a local music called calypso, which is similar to music from Latin America, er, sort of a merengue beat. And we have a lot of reggae, which probably you would have heard of, from Jamaica.
I What’s your personal favourite?
N Erm, well I play classical piano. I was brought up to play classical piano, but nowadays I play more Cuban music on piano. Son, salsa, things like that, rumba.
I And do you still play the steel drum?
N I have forgotten some. I would love to be able to play it again because I think it’s very original and it has a lovely sound, but unfortunately I don’t have it with me.
A. Listen to two friends at work, Cameron and John, talking about the programme. Which performers do they talk about? Which do they both want to see?
B. Complete the sentences from the conversation with words from the box. Listen again to check.
see have a look good idea go get into
1 John Do you want to ______?
Cameron Sure, if we can get tickets for a day or a night.
2 J Why don’t we ______ online?
C OK, hang on a minute.
3 J Mista Savona looks interesting.
C Hm, I’m not really ______ reggae.
4 J What do you think about this? The Terem Quartet?
C The folk? Yeah, that sounds ______.
5 J Do you want me to ______ if there are any tickets?
C Good ______.
6 J Maybe we could ______ a group together.
C Yeah, it would be a good laugh.
They talk about: Cesaria Evora, Mista Savona, The Terem Quartet.
They both want to see: Cesaria Evora, The Terem Quartet.
1 go 2 have a book 3 into 4 good
5 see; ideas 6 get
JOHN So, have you got any plans for the weekend?
CAMERON No, not really. You?
J Well, I was thinking about going to the festival, you know?
J Yeah, it starts on Friday. Do you want to go?
C Sure, if we can get tickets for a day or a night. I couldn’t do the whole weekend.
J Me neither, it’s too expensive. So when’s best for you?
C Sunday probably. It doesn’t really matter – it depends what’s on.
J Yeah, and if there are any tickets left. Why don’t we have a look online?
C OK, hang on a minute. Right. Sunday. Ah, Cesaria Evora’s playing. She’s amazing.
J Yeah, I’d love to see her. Or Mista Savona looks interesting.
C Hm, I’m not really into reggae.
J OK, well … er, erm … What do you think about this? The Terem Quartet?
C The folk? Yeah, that sounds good.
J Well, there’s plenty of good stuff on Sunday. Do you want me to see if there are any tickets?
C Good idea. And do you want to ask anyone else? Maybe Jen?
J Yes, and Sally would probably like to come too. Maybe we could get a group together.
C Yeah, it would be a good laugh.
A. Listen to Li talking about her interest in motorbikes. Where does she like riding her motorbike?
B. Can you remember what Li says about:
1 when she was a child and a teenager?
2 why she decided to start riding a motorbike?
3 her motorbike lessons?
4 what she likes about being on a motorbike?
Listen again to check.
In the countryside, on empty roads.
1 Her father had a motorbike; her first boyfriend had a motorbike.
2 She wrote a book about a mother who rode a motorbike; she wanted to learn something new.
3 She saved up money for them; it was harder than she expected; she passed her test a few months ago.
4 She feels free; she can go wherever she wants; she can smell trees, ﬂowers, rain.
INTERVIEWER So, how did you get into biking?
LI Well, it started when I was a kid. Er, my dad had a motorbike and I thought it looked like fun. Then I really got into motorbikes when I was a teenager. My first boyfriend also had a really nice bike, so we went riding in the countryside a lot and, yeah, it was great, er, but really I wanted to ride the bike, not sit on the back!
I OK, and what about now?
L Well, last year I wrote a book for children. Er, it was about a mother who rode a motorbike, a Harley-Davidson in face, so I just had this motorbike idea in my head. Then I decided that I really wanted to learn something new. It didn’t really matter what but I wanted to learn a new skill, you know, and the great thing about it is, it doesn’t take very long to learn. So I saved up some money and I started having lessons.
I And how did that go?
L Well, it was a fascinating experience. It was very difficult at first, er, much harder than I expected, but I enjoyed it too. At times it was quite frightening – terrifying in fact! Er, I passed my test a few months ago and I’m much more relaxed now, but I still need to get a lot more experience.
I So, what is it that you like about being on a bike? Do you like going fast?
L No. I’m not interested in going fast. I love it because I feel free. I can go wherever I want to go, any time. So, no, for me, speed isn’t important.
I Do you use your bike for getting around, getting to work …?
L No, it’s too dangerous. I’ve been into the town centre on my bike one or two times and there are so many cars, people, it’s terrible. I really like riding in the countryside on big, empty roads where there are no cars. And as you ride along you can smell things – not, you know, cars, but the trees, flowers, the rain. That’s what I really like about it.
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