Toko Irie, originally from Grenada, has been jamming island music in Key West for the past 15 years. He is best known for playing the steel drums with an artistic sense of speed combined with a unique 3-stick method of playing. Introduced to the pan at the age of 9, Toko Irie honed his skills on an old steel drum given to him by a pan maker who lived in his village. At age 14, he formed a group with his brother and his cousin and they had the opportunity to compete annually against the island’s best in the Carnival competitions. An age 19, he became the musical director for a 40piece steel pan group who performed around the island as well as on cruise ships.
Toko takes his nickname from a village in Trinidad, the birthplace of the steel pan, an island renowned for its steel drummers. Toko brings the Irie Sounds of island life from Jamaica’s Bob Marley to America’s Paul Simon.
Toko brings a magnificent world music sound, full of joy, to his performance. He emphasizes the “jamdown roots”, so close to his soul and combines popular reggae and calypso standards with a never ending flow of original tunes.
Having grown up in a rich island culture, still strewn with African innuendo permeating dance and song, Toko brings to life beautiful, soulful ancient cultures in his every movement. Toko delivers an unbelievable - makes you feel joy, makes you want to dance – performance every time.