New Book Documents St. Kitts – Nevis’ Musical Culture

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St. Kitts – Nevis’ Cultural Music Is Unique

Basseterre, St. Kitts
December 18, 2008 (SKNIS)

This time of year, as cultural performers weave various influences into a colourful patchwork of music, dance and flamboyance, the publication of a music volume has recognized the Federation’s cultural heritage.

Archivist Mrs. Victoria Borg-O’Flaherty said the inclusion of the music of St. Kitts and Nevis in a four volume series entitled “Music in Latin America and the Caribbean” is important because the authentic rhythm, sound and lyrics of the Federation are now documented and recognized as part of the Caribbean culture.

She added that the Federation’s inclusion in Volume two of the series, demonstrates that the authentic music of the twin islands is no longer marginalized, but recognized with that of larger territories like Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

The Archivist explained that the music of the Federation is documented in a sizable chapter of its own, complete with photographs and lyrics.  The volume was compiled by Professor Malena Kuss of the University of North Texas, Denton while the actual article on St. Kitts and Nevis was originally done by Jacqueline Armony and the late Joan Robinson with input by Larry Armony and Creighton Pencheon.

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Nevis Unveils Miss Culturama Queen Contestants

Nevis Culturama Queen Contestants -2008

Nevis’ Culturama Queen Contestants -2008

Charlestown, Nevis
July 01, 2008

Minister of Culture in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Hensley Daniel, appealed to the public to have a positive attitude towards the Culturama festival and its participants and to abstain criminal activity.

The Minister made the call at the official launch of the 2008 Miss Culture Queen Contestants on June 27, 2008. The event featured a motorcade of the contestants and their escorts through Charlestown and culminated at the Nevis Cultural Park on Old Hospital Road.

The four contestants for this year’s pageant are Miss Carib Brewery Tanisha Hendrickson, Miss S.L. Horsfords and Company Limited Shamilla Wilkinson, Miss Cable and Wireless Shanyra Richardson and Miss Development Bank Roslyn Berkley.

 “I want to urge all of us to please desist from discouraging people because it means that as we go forward we will always have to be stopping and starting with the festival.  I also want to say to the people in Nevis that I want to urge all of us to ensure that we have a peaceful Culturama,” he said.

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Nevis Cultural Drummers Visit Antigua

IAfricana Cultural Drummers Group Charlestown, Nevis May 23, 2008 Members of two cultural groups on Nevis will benefit from a number of workshops in Antigua at the bi annual Antigua Dance, Drum and Drama Festival hosted by the Antigua Dance Academy.   The IAfricana Drummers and the Rhythm Dance Theater …

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New Cultural Development Foundation For Nevis

Charlestown, Nevis
March 27, 2008

There is going to be a bright future for fine Arts in Nevis.  That statement was made by Premier of Nevis the Hon. Joseph Parry on Tuesday March 25, 2008, while he officially launched the Nevis Cultural Development Foundation during a ceremony dotted with Nevisian folklore, dance and music at a ceremony which took place at the Nevis Cultural Center.
Mr. Parry said the establishment of the Foundation had become necessary to relieve Government from continually subsidising cultural activities.  He said too that it would also be able to access regional and international funding for the development of culture and arts.
“This Foundation will be able to mobilise resources from public and private sector institutions. Additionally, the Foundation will bridge the gap between Culturama and culture, that is, we believe that culture and cultural activities should give the fillip to Culturama.  The Foundation will ensure that there is no duplication of resources and staff and will maximise human and financial resources.
“There is going to be a bright future for the Fine Arts in Nevis and as you may know, there is money to be made from the arts, especially with its link to tourism. Cultural activities, masquerades, dance and drama will only boost our tourism,” he said.

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Nevis Premier Declares History & Heritage Week Open

Charlestown, Nevis
February 20, 2008

The Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry, declared Nevis History and Heritage Week launched. He made the declaration in a brief address to the nation via television and radio on Monday, February 18th, 2008.

The theme chosen for this year is “Celebrating Our Religious Heritage”.

In his address, Mr. Parry pointed out that religion plays a major role in our history. “When we talk about religion what do we mean? The religion of some of the planters was Anglican and the Africans brought their native religion.  However, it was the Moravians and the Methodists who assisted in ending the slave trade and who taught education to ex-slaves after 1834 and they helped to establish education as we know it today. This is important for us to know,” said Mr. Parry.

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