Official passports are to be handed out to four of the five Soca Artistes who represented Grenada at the International Soca Monarch (ISM) held in Trinidad in March, officially naming them Cultural Ambassadors of Grenada.
The artistes – Jevaughn “V’ghn” John, Hector “Mr. Legz” Thomas, Mandella “Mandella Linx” McDonald and Dingaan “Lil Natty” Henry and Nyelon “Thunda” Williams, will join the 2019 International Soca Monarch, Hollice “Mr Killa” Mapp in promoting the country in the Soca business.
Minister of Sports and Culture, Senator Norland Cox told THE NEW TODAY newspaper in an interview last Tuesday that the artistes have not yet been officially notified but the appointments have already been approved by Cabinet.
“Some of them were already ambassadors before but all the others they are yet to receive their official passport but they all have been notified unofficially – not officially as yet, because our Ambassador Programme…there are some requirements and so they will have to come in and sign and receive their credentials (and told) what is expected of them…”, he said.
“…So, we may have a formal ceremony in terms of handing over those passports, maybe Prime Minister may want to do that himself. They all have been notified – Cabinet has approved them as Cultural Ambassadors and they are being awarded official passports,” he added.
Four of the five local artistes came back home with the lion share prizes in the just-ended carnival celebrations in Trinidad & Tobago.