The annual Rhythms of Spice event, which is specifically geared at developing the musical landscape in the country, is 10 years going strong and promises music lovers a bumper event at the Prickly Bay Marina this year.
According to event Coordinator, Mathias Williams, there will be an expansion of the event this year to incorporate other aspects of the performing arts.
Speaking at the launch of the 4-day event, which was held at the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) last week Wednesday, Williams noted that over the years Rhythms of Spice has become very significant for the island and has attracted support and participation from other musicians in the Caribbean.
He also cited the need for musicians to work together to build and develop the art form.
Pointing to this year’s theme, “Building the community of Musicians – music & performing arts by our people, for our people developing our people,” which he feels is very relevant in today’s society, Williams called for unity amongst musicians in the country.
“I think as a people, we still have not come to terms that the only way true development occurs in any aspect of our country is when we work together,” he said, noting that “a lot more could be achieved if we understand the principles of team work.
“I think as a people we struggle a lot with that big-time…and as a result we don’t really work together as we should. We don’t really see development and nation building as we should in all aspects, whether it be in music, education (or) religion – we don’t really get it yet and so we are hoping to change the process to kinda bring the community of musicians together.
“Come together, let’s work together and let’s see what we can do to build ourselves as musicians (and) to build others around us who appreciate music and the arts and foster a developing society using music.
The 2017 Rhythms of Spice event is scheduled to kick off on June 8 at 6.30 p.m. with a free musicians jam at Venus Restaurant and Sports Lounge in Grand Anse, St George.
Two activities are planned for Saturday, June 10, a free vocal workshop with professional Vocal Coach from Barbados, Marisa Lindsay, at the Teacher Education Department at the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) at 9.00 a.m. and a full moon live music lime at Benju Bay.
The main event however, is carded for Sunday, June 11, at Prickly Bay Marina from 2.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. commencing with an arts display, sponsored by Art School Grenz; an author’s exhibition highlighting novel displays and readings by three local authors – David Ambrose, Godfrey Gilbert and Cindy McKenzie.
Also planned is a student hour featuring Jordan Williamson, Lorian Guillaume, Zoei Ollivierre Spice Isle Strings, Boca Music Club and other students along with over 35 local musicians, including the likes of Soul Deep, Fahrenheit, Quiet Fire, Project Friends, Sensation Band, Christel La Guerre, Sheereen Brizan, Rita Augustine, Aiden Slinger, James Clarkson among others.
Proceeds from the main event will once again go towards the Grenada Council for the Disabled (GNDC).
Last year, the musical extravaganza raised approximately EC$5, 000, which was presented to the GNDC towards its cause of empowering persons with disabilities.
Coordinator at the council, Hilary Gabriel, who attended last week Wednesday’s launch encouraged persons to come out and support this year’s event.
“I would like to thank Rhythms of Spice for supporting the Grenada Council for the Disabled,” she said, adding that they (Rhythms of Spice) donated $3, 500 last year to their cause.
“…I would like to encourage all Grenadians to support Rhythms of Spice again,” Gabriel said, while pointing out that persons with disabilities should not be taken for granted.
Tickets for Rhythms of Spice 2017 are on sale at EC$45 and can be purchased at Art and Soul at Spiceland Mall, Sports Zone on Halifax Street and at the Prickly Bay Marina.
Children under 12 can enjoy the event for free.