MP calls St. Patrick: Mecca of Culture and Heritage in Grenada

Saturday, August 6, 2011 2:42 PM

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St. George’s, August 6, 2011 – Cultural artistes from St. Patrick participating in this year’s carnival celebrations have been commended for continuing to showcase the exceptional talents of the parish.

At Friday’s Soca Monarch final at the National Stadium, Chantimelle’s Terror Kid  - real name Shem Bernard – scored a convincing championship victory.

The third placed finishers were brothers, Luni Spark and Electrify, who are also from St. Patrick. The duo won the Soca Monarch title on two previous occasions.

Luni Spark and Electrify were second in the Groovy Soca Monarch championship, which was also held Friday night.

“The victories at the Soca Monarch shows on Bacchanal Friday will ensure that  the Parish of St. Patrick continues to be acknowledged and respected as the true ‘Soca Capital’ and  the ‘Mecca of Culture and Heritage’ in Grenada,’’ said MP for St. Patrick West, Hon. Joseph Gilbert. “ I want to extend warm congratulations to Terror Kid, as well as to Luni Sparks and Electrify, for their excellent performances.’’

Terror Kid, a virtual newcomer to the soca stage, is a relative of Findley “Scholar’’ Jeffrey, the multiple calypso and soca winner, who is now a Grenada Cultural Ambassador. With 421 points, Terror Kid beat Mr. Killa into second place. Mr. Killa scored 397 points.

Mr. Gilbert, who is Minister of Works and Physical development, described the performance of Terror Kid as “spectacular,’’ adding that “what is most heartening is the fact that yet another soca champion has emerged from St. Patrick. He joins the ranks of several other celebrated artistes that have come from the Parish, including Scholar and 'The Hit Man' – Inspector.’’

St. Patrick celebrates J’Ouvert on Tuesday, August 9, and the MP is confident that it would be a memorable one.

“This year will be fantastic, as the whole of Grenada will want to  converge on the Town of Sauteurs to celebrate with the top Soca artistes in the land,’’ Minister Gilbert said.

He is one of two MPs representing St. Patrick in the House of Representatives. The other, the MP for St. Patrick East, is Prime Minister Hon. Tillman Thomas.

Looking ahead, Mr. Gilbert promised to “aggressively pursue’’ the construction of a Centre for the Performing Arts in St. Patrick. A proposed site has already been identified for the project. 

"The victories scored at the 2011 Soca Monarch competition have given me greater impetus to aggressively pursue the construction of such a facility in St. Patrick,’’ he said. “We must create the right environment to showcase and document our rich culture, and enhance and promote  the creative talent of our people.’’




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