Hillsborough Carriacou, April 14 -The Annual Carriacou Maroon Music Festival was launched on Friday April 11th, 2014 at the conference room of Carriacou Multipurpose Centre, Hillsborough.
The Carriacou Maroon which started in the year 2001 is considered unique to the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique since it depicts the islands rich cultural background through drumming, songs, smoke food (saraca) and other rituals.
This year’s festival takes some what a slightly different turn as compared to the past five year, with the re-introduction of the foreign artist late night show the Saturday night. Jamaican dancehall artist Capleton is expected to be the guest artist in this year’s celebration.
Officials at this year’s launch were, Parliamentary Secretary in The Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Senator Jester Emmons, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Mrs. Gertrude Simon - Niles, Permanent Secretary in The Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, with responsibility for Local Government Mrs. Bernadette Lendore-Sylvester, Chairman Mr. James Stafford and other members of committee and Marketing Executive of Grenada Tourism Authority Carriacou Office Ms Rina Mills.
The Launch was chaired by Senator Jester Emmons. He stressed the importance of this festival to the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique since it is unique to their cultural heritage. He also urged all the business houses to come on board with sponsorship and continue making this event as grand as it is.
Giving an overview of the celebrations was Chairman Mr. James Stafford. He also stressed on the need for the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique to work along with the committee in sponsorship. He also gave a brief overview of this year’s festivals. Cultural groups and individuals from Tobago, Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique are expected to perform in this year’s event. Shakespeare Mass which is pure and unique to the people of Carriacou is also expected to be a highlight in this year’s festival.
Marketing Executive of Grenada Tourism Authority, Carriacou Office, Ms Rina Mills, spoke on behalf of The Authority who is the main sponsor of this year’s event. She assured the Committee that the Authority will continue sponsoring this event. She also highlighted the strength of this festival through the sampling of authentic foods, music and experiencing the genuine Kayak hospitality.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs Mrs. Gertrude Simon – Niles, gave the vote of thanks. She congratulated the Chairman and his committee for the great job they are presently doing and urged them to continue. She also thanked all sponsors and made a plea to others to come on board. In closing she thanked everyone who made the event a success
This year’s Carriacou Maroon Music Festival is definitely promising to be a success with high expectations of participation from locals and visitors alike.