NANIKI CARIBBEAN JAZZ SAFARIWednesday 27th February 2013
Jazz musicians as well as the Antigua Tourism Authority have cited many expected returns, lauding organizer Tom Hinds, Managing Director of Damal Investments, for his innovation in bringing the festival to the region.
In welcoming the Safari to Antigua, after its successful January launch in Barbados, CEO of the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James said, “The Naniki Jazz Safari is a great addition to our local events calendar in Antigua & Barbuda and will allow us to showcase the destination as the idyllic backdrop for the smooth rhythms and sultry sounds of jazz.”
The authority outlined some of the positives derived from this and similar events:
“Festivals such as these will help to diversify a destination’s tourism product offering. Residents and visitors are able to enjoy new cultural activities. Festivals such as the Jazz Safari encourage travelers to visit a destination and are a great addition on an island’s Events Calendar.”
It is anticipated that the event will also develop the musical talents in Antigua with the introduction of the educational component. The benefits are hoped to transcend generations.
Antiguan drummer, Archie Alleyne who is on the card for the safari, also touted the anticipated advantages to be reaped by hosting event: “It is extremely important and gives local and regional aspiring musicians the opportunity to perform. Musicians study for years and need to be appreciated and this provides such a forum.” He added: “They (musicians) need the exposure and the chance to increase the livelihood they have chosen.”
The acclaimed drummer said he expected an exciting time in Antigua and hoped the Safari would receive the support it needs. He added that Hinds has put great effort into the event and should be commended.
The artist, who is no stranger to Antigua, having performed there in the past said the island is rich with talent, notably Roland Prince a well-known guitarist who has played with the great Miles Davis. He hopes the festival will inspire burgeoning musicians to continue in their chosen crafts.
The Antigua leg of the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari will feature, along with Alleyne, names such as, Cameron Pierre, Danny Mixon and Derek McKeith at the Dean William Lake Cultural Centre and the Shirley Heights Lookout.
The Safari is an extension of quality jazz events hosted by Hinds at his scenic Naniki Restaurant and Lush Life Resort in St Joseph, Barbados. It debuted in Barbados on January 17, 2013- to rave reviews- will head to St. Vincent on its next stop.
Hinds’ intention is to start a sustainable series of events and has deliberately targeted countries that do not currently host jazz festivals with the focus of changing the regional jazz scene.
Tickets for the March 1 and 2 events are on sale at several locations including: Antigua Hotel & Tourist Association on Newgate Street 462-4928, Pink Mongoose Boutique in St John' 1 268-462-4045 Solange & Sunny Hair and Body,463-0609 Anjo/United Insurance 480-3050 Jolly Harbour, Woods Branch and English Harbour or online at http://www.nanikicaribbeanjazzsafari.com
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