Close to 50 pieces of musical instruments were donated to the Ministry of Culture from the Roy Cape Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago to help young people develop musically.
The foundation in named after the ace Trinidadian musician who formed the group to develop music education programmes in high risk communities throughout the twin island republic.
Cape decided to extend the initiative to the Spice Isle due to his family background as his mother was a born Grenadian.
During an official handing over ceremony held at the Ministerial Complex Conference Room at Tanteen, St. George, Cape said he believes that music is the way out for many troubled youth.
“You all hear of the problems we have in Trinidad with the violence and the killings… encouraging the students to join our programme, I still emphasise to them the importance of education…education is the passport out of poverty…” he said.
“…Although I am from Trinidad, I am aware that I am a Caribbean man and we all in the Caribbean have the same kind of problems. Our youths are astray because we cannot find enough to give them to do. We might have ways to speak about them, but if somebody cannot get anything to do to make a living, they’re going to find and it’s the easiest way to end up in crime, I believe that music can play a part in that,” he added.
Accepting on behalf of the Ministry of Culture was Minister Kate Lewis, who said the donation was timely as the instruments will be used in some of the music programmes set up by the ministry.
She said: “What they are contributing today will go a long way in enhancing the work that we do at the Ministry of Culture, enhancing what we do with our students in the music labs we would have just implemented. We have one in St. George, where over 52 students are participating, and playing different musical instruments.
“This would be good for them – giving them the opportunity to express themselves through music, allowing them to see music as a career path and we know that our Soca, our Calypso industry have been improving over the years and our recent successes in the international Soca Monarch is testimony of this.
“So we are grateful for the Roy Cape Foundation and the contributions that they are making to us here today and as a Division of Culture, we will continue to enhance and protect and preserve our Grenadian culture”.
The Roy Cape Foundation will be visiting Grenada every three months to follow-up on the progress of the students who will be using the instruments.