Are you a singer? Can you hold a melody? Do you like folk music? If so, the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) is asking you to come out and be part of the Barbados Community Folk Choir training from Monday.
The training and rehearsal community is divided into four zones North, South, East and West. Participants, who must be 14 years or older, can perform traditional folk songs, folk songs considered new, or those created within the zonal groups.
Classes will begin Monday, May 23 at two locations. The North Zone sessions will take place at Roland Edwards Elementary School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. while the West Zone will take place at Frederick Smith High School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m.
For the South Zone, those interested can go to St Michael’s School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., while singers from the East Zone will go to Princess Margaret Secondary School on the same days at the same hour.
Zonal sessions will be led by the folk choir tutors of renowned musician Ryan Boyce in the (North and West) and veteran singer Ronald Davis in the (South and East).
Successful participants will be chosen, based on their talent, to form the Barbados Community Folk Choir which will perform live at the Carré d’Or at Crop national folk concert on July 26, 2022 The Day of National Significance.
The NCF designed this program in hopes that it would tap into the talents of the community and help preserve the country’s folk heritage.
NCF Music Officer Abraham Millington said he was thrilled to be part of a program that aims to promote this musical aspect of our culture. He also added that the formation of the national group can lead to the resurgence of folk singing, increased awareness and knowledge of the genre as well as open the door to the possibility of an annual zonal folk festival competition. . “My vision for the group is that it rekindles community interest across the ages and period to be revived in the creative and competitive presentation of folk choir performances, with the intention of forming a large and faithful community folk choir of Barbados.
He added, “Preserving folk songs is a cultural activity for all ages. It redefines and debunks the myths that people in a jurisdiction have no history or culture to be proud of.
“The folk songs tell of the progress of development in our country, the difficulties overcome, how past colonial and judicial systems affected the masses, among other things.”
Tutors Boyce and Davis are also excited to get the show up and running in communities.
Boyce said: “The community program is exciting and a great way to regenerate and revive Barbados’ cultural landscape at a community level.
“I can’t wait to see ordinary people sponsor the event by coming with their unique voice and instrument to create
While veteran singer Davis added, “I’m happy to be associated with the Barbados Community Folk Choir. This adventure promises to be exciting and gives people the opportunity to perform on the Day of National Significance. Looking forward to seeing you all come and contribute as we mark this very important day in the history of Barbados.
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