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A great honour

Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley has lauded the staging of the Errol Barrow Day Jazz Picnic in honour of Barbados’ “father of Independence”.

The musical event is being held on January 21, the birthday of the late leader and is the grande finale of the five-day Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari.

“The staging of the Errol Barrow Day Jazz Picnic offers an opportunity to reflect on this very important statesman of Barbados, who himself had a keen appreciation for music, the arts and culture,” Lashley stated.

In addition, the minister complimented the organisers of the Jazz Safari for creating an opportunity within the jazz festival to feature an all-star Barbadian cast and noted its symbolism. The all-day event includes the Malcolm Griffith Quintet, featuring Mike Sealy, and jazz vocalist Cici, 1688 Nonet with Gabby and Calabaza Jazz featuring Errol Bradshaw.

Lashley, who also has responsibility for Family and Youth portfolios, said that he hoped the event would inspire other activities in the creative and cultural industries to take place on this day of national significance and, in particular, events that would encourage families to come together.

“I would like other artists and promoters to see this as an opportunity to stage similar events that highlight the creativity of the Barbadian people, events that are wholesome and that can bridge the generations in families and contribute to family life development,” he said.

The event takes place at the Naniki Amphitheatre in Suriname, St. Joseph. (DS)

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