St. Kitts, Sunday, August 7.2016
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The University of the Virgin Islands’ Voices of Inspiration Community Choir presented an exceptional, spectacular and culturally- enriching concert tour performance of “A Musical Journey Through Time” in the elegant Saba “St. Kitts” Ballroom at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort Hotel on Saturday, August 6.2016.
The UVI Voices of Inspiration opened this musical concert and cultural heritage education journey with songs of Africa then spiritual roots of gospel and as the production continued sounds of classical, jazz, bebop, hip-hop, Caribbean-flavored gospel and more created a crescendo of music, drama, theatre and liturgical dance that captivated and inspired movement to virtually all in this well-attended event.
Exquisite and vibrant choreography of movements, sounds and spirit throughout the entire concert were professionally, artistically and spiritually led by UVI Music Program instructor and director of the UVI Voices of Inspiration, Mrs. Josephine Thomas Lewis, The “unity of the community” was vibrant, joyful and reflected the ambassadorial spirit of UVI with a special touch of the people’s cultural-capital of St. Croix as the Voices of Inspiration Community Choir are based within the music program within the UVI College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences on the Albert A. Sheen Campus in St. Croix.
Major contributions were provided for this concert tour performance by platinum sponsor, Dr. Simon B. Jones Hendrickson, former dean of the UVI College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and former Chief Economic Policy Advisor of the Office of the Governor of the Virgin Islands. Resourceful and spiritual support were provided by the Calvary Baptist Church of Sandy Point, St. Kitts where a community-wide concert performance was held on Friday, August 5.2016 despite torrential rains on St. Kitts from a tropical wave depression.
The St. Kitts community media welcomed the UVI Voices of Inspiration Community Choir representatives to share a message of joy, peace, “unity in the community” and the importance of spiritual worship and praise for a few days before the concert performances. The touring representatives of UVI Voices of Inspiration Community Choir included 18+ members of the larger St. Croix member group.
Distinguished official leaders of St. Kitts- Nevis, His Excellency Sir Tapley Seaton, Governor General of St. Kitts – Nevis and the Honourable Vance Amory, Premier of Nevis were in joyful attendance along with a lively, engaged and divinely spirited audience – including many distinguished and proud UVI alumni- literally on their feet for this spectacular musical concert! Special thanks in customary UVI AAS hospitality style were extended with gifts to St. Kitts community supporters and production sponsors at the closing.
A successful and well-attended event reflecting once again that UVI remains committed to community engagement as the only Historical Black College and University and Land Grant Institution in the Caribbean. At the close of this concert performance, UVI Voices of Inspiration Community Choir received invitations to Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and more is in the making to share this exceptional concert performance throughout the Caribbean and beyond. Visit UVI AAS on St. Croix to get more information, to become a part of the music program or consider adding your voice to the choir. Visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UVI-Voices-Of-Inspiration-975385902473655/?fref=ts
The Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center and WUVI sharing another CHE Report (CHE=Cultural Heritage Education) with good news from UVI this time on the UVI Voices of Inspiration’s concert “A Musical Journey Through Time” on tour in St. Kitts. UVI sharing a powerful, sacred, spiritual and positive community work with music and beyond!
CHE Report Correspondent Chenzira Davis Kahina, UVI VICCC Director
Photo Album of Preparation, Tour and Performance: https://www.facebook.com/vicaribbea…
Special thanks to New Media Expert DaraMonifah Cooper in multidimensional capacities with UVI CES, UVI WUVI, Sankofa Saturdays and beyond for the following link: