Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The Sunshine Awards 2010 Honours
The night’s event began with words of condolences to the island of Barbados on the loss of former Prime Minister, David Thompson who passed away in the early hours of the morning that day, from the Counsel Generals of Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua, Guyana’s Brentnol Evans and event sponsor Vincent Huggins of National Staffing Associates also commented on the loss of a fellow leader in the region.
Present among the nights’ award winners were Playwright Dorbrene O’Marde of Antigua; Dancin Africa of Barbados; Ramiro Crawford of Costa Rica, Performance Artist and Journalist, he is Director and Editor of Limon Roots, the Greater Caribbean Magazine.
Famoro Dioubate of Guinea, West Africa who is known for playing traditional African music playing the Balafon which is an instrument closely related to the Xylophone; he gave a rousing performance playing for the audience, it was the first time many had ever heard the music. Dioubate is passionate about his music, he is exposing his young daughter to it and more… I didn’t go to school he said, but I want her to know more and to do more than me so I think it is important that she is here; he began playing the Balafon at age 7 and today performs with his band and Raul Ronblatt who is also h is manager. Ronblatt has been a true supporter since hearing the music, he spends as much time promoting it as he does performing with their group.
One of the more poignant performances and expression of thanks for his recognition was given by Yves Joseph an original member of Tabou Combo, one of the best known music groups from Haiti… he spoke of the impoverishment of his homeland where he and the group continue to give back, they are rebuilding a school destroyed in the January earthquake, the building is the childhood home of Joseph and his mother; he spoke of the rich history of Haiti as the first nation of independent Black people and of the circumstances of poverty coming at the hands of her former rulers and U.S. political positions; he ended his commentary with Tabou Combo’s hit Haiti Will Never Die written after the devastating earthquake earlier this year.
Drupatee Persad accepts her award from host Errol Fabien