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Growing up on the beautiful Spice Isle, Grenada, guarantees one common love: music. Eddie Sealey was no exception, and quickly developed a deep appreciation for the likes of Lord Kitchener, Blue Boy, the Mighty Sparrow, and Bob Marley, to name a few. His admiration for music included the accomplishments of his older brother, known as "The Black Scorpion", a two-time runner-up in the annual Calypso competition.(Scorpion was one of the leading pan musicians on the island, gifted with a unique ability to play steel pan and sing at the same time).


Not surprisingly, while still in high school, Eddie joined the Belmont South Stars Steel Orchestra, a well established band that performed in major competitions and at various hotels on the island. He started off on the guitar pan and worked his way through the ranks to the lead tenor pans, increasing his repertoire, and honing his talent. An ex-band leader for the Amoco Renegades invited Eddie and a fellow band member to visit him in Trinidad. There, Eddie delighted in witnessing live, charismatic, performances by the best steel bands in the world, before which he'd only heard on his transistor radio. Leading up to the Panorama Competition, he spent sleepless nights in the pan yard of the highly respected Amoco Renegades, absorbing all he could from the players, but one particular member proved the most influential and Eddie was quickly charmed to the conventional drums, then mastered by a drummer nicknamed "Soca".


Upon returning to Grenada in the summer of '85, Eddie established himself as a drummer and quickly developed into one of the best on the island. Among his notable triumphs, is one during which he represented 3 major steel bands competing on the same Panorama night. Eddie was also a member of the talented quartet called Island Magic. They welcomed cruise ships that made calls to the St. George's harbor and any other functions held by the Grenada Tourist Board. In 1989, Eddie left his homeland for the U.S.A. to perform on the Sea Escape Line cruise ships, moving on to the popular Royal Caribbean Lines where he headed the popular Heat Wave band. By the mid 90s, he was performing on the famous Italian lines Costa Cruises throughout Europe, wooing thousands of passengers with his ability to play drums and sing.


It is not uncommon for him to lead a number of soca dances like the "Dollar Wine", "Moving to the Left", "Donkey", "Swinging Engine" and many more. For Eddie, performing on ships was a passion and he loved doing it, but in 2001, he decided to continue spreading his talent on land in both group and solo acts. His charismatic performances have, so far, spanned Florida, and it felt natural to him to settle in Tampa under the name, Alphabeat - now "AlphaSteel". The beginner, the familiar, and the most seasoned ear can appreciate his style.


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