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Abdul Williams

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About Abdul

Bringing the sound of the Caribbean to your event, whilst creating a most memorable experience.
Steel Drummer
Public liability insurance of £10 million

Originating from the Caribbean island of St Vincent and the Grenadines and being born into a family of musicians, with exposure to a wide range of instruments from Guitar to Drums and singing, I was introduced to the Steel Pan from the tender age of 5. Having lived within walking distance from a steel band rehearsal room for most of my life, I have accumulated over 25 years experience in both playing and teaching steel pans. My musical journey thus far, has enabled me to perform in other countries, such as most of the 33 Caribbean islands, Caribana celebrations in Canada, Labour day New York, France, Germany and throughout the UK. Throughout the past ten years, I've had the opportunity to perform at the 2014 and 2015 FA Cup semi-finals celebrations at Wembley for the Arsenal team. Some of my most recent performances have been throughout Europe as a Destination Wedding entertainer in Tenerife, Barcelona, Paris and Amsterdam.

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This act has been working with Encore for over 4 years
10 gigs
Experienced: 10 bookings through Encore
Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, Disco, Funk, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Americana, Rock, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Jazz, Gospel, Latin jazz, Hip Hop, World music, African music, Afrobeat, Arabic, Argentinian, Armenian, Asian music, Australian music, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Calypso, Caribbean music, Cuban music, Flamenco, Greek music, Hawaiian music, Indian music, Italian music, Jewish music, Latin, Mariachi, Merengue, Polynesian music, Reggae, Salsa, Samba, Scottish music, Ska, Skiffle, Spanish music, Tango
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Composition teaching
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Song list

My way
Kingston Town
Oranged Colored Sky
Do you really want to hurt me (Sting)
Michael Jackson
Jazz Standard
Classical music
Party Anthems
• Price Tag - Jessie J
• Roar - Katy Perry
• Stitches - Shawn Mandes
• Leave Right Now - Will Young
• One Last Time - Ariana Grande
• Think Twice - Phil Collins
• Havana - Camila Cabello
• Uptown Funk - Bruno mars
• Shake it off - Taylor Swift
• We found Love - Rihannna
• Thriller - Michael Jackson
Customer questions

How much time do you need to set up?

I aim to arrive 30 - 45 minutes prior to performance time for setting up.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

yes please - please feel free to select your preferred song choices from our set list which best suits your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

"Yes absolutely! my act comes with all my own equipment.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Should you require a song/songs to be played on your event day, which is not in my list already, I will be happy to learn it. Please note that there's a fee of £20 charge taking into account rehearsal time.


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£50
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£450
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
NEW!Virtual services
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.


Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
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From Encore customers:

6 days ago
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5 out of 5

Abdul was wonderful and professional. Everyone enjoyed his performance. Thank-you Abdul. :-)

Deborah C
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Abdul really is a fantastic musician and able to tailor the music to the type of event. He is extremely reliable and accommodating and he helped to make a memorial service into a truly wonderful event for me and all my guests. I would book him again and hope to do so in the future !

Charlotte W
11 months ago
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5 out of 5

Beautiful performance and a lovely man. Thankyou so much. Our wedding guests have not stopped talking about you. Charlotte & Gary x

Carolynn T
2 years ago
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5 out of 5

Superb. He really made our party Would use him Again.

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From other customers:

Douglas C
3 years ago, for a Birthday party in Guildford
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5 out of 5

"I can't praise Abdul enough. He sure knows his way around the steel drums, but more than that, he also knows how to entertain. He went the extra mile for us as well, joining in with a couple of extra bits we asked him to do and doing a great job in the process. I hired him for me and my twin brother's 60th ""do"" after my wife said it would be good to have a steel drummer play for the first part of the evening whilst people were gathering and then eating. I wasn't entirely sure at the time, but, just for once, I'm glad I listened to her. Not promising I'll listen again, but this time I have to admit she was right. Abdul's contribution to the evening was a major part in its success. And he's a really nice bloke too. Highly recommended."

David F
5 years ago

I booked Abdul Williams (Steel Sounds) to provide entertainment at a police community event. He was very professional. As well as providing great music. He explained to children and adults alike how the steel drums worked and even allow some to try them out. Being impressed by Abdul’s versatility and professionalism, I went on to book him for my 50th Birthday party. My guests certainly weren’t disappointed. Thanks Abdul. Can I book you for my 60th!

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