Young musicians from Seaview Gardens were enthralled last Saturday night by the benefit performance of the Jamaican Folk Singers, hosted by the Rotary Club of Trafalgar, New Heights, which raised well-needed funds for the Club's project in the Seaview Gardens community.
Part proceeds from the night's performance will go towards construction of the Seaview in Soul Performing Arts and Entertainment Centre - the 2013/14 major project of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar, New Heights.
Members of the Seaview All-Stars Marching Band - a group of vibrant drummers, dancers and singers - ranging from ages six to 30, attended the concert to learn more about the folk music tradition.
The All-Stars met with Jamaican Folk Singers' musical director, Christine MacDonald Nevers, who reminded them about the lasting significance and influence of folk music. She encouraged the band to bring more of the folk tradition to life in their own performances.
"Seaview in Soul is a long-awaited opportunity for a very deserving community," said Marcus Irons, president of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar, New Heights.
IDEA TO REALITY
"We are committed to moving the project from an idea to reality."
The Rotary Club of Trafalgar, New Heights is one of the island's new-generation clubs, composed only of young professionals. Fabian Brown, a club member who has long worked in Seaview Gardens on social and youth development programmes, encouraged the Rotary Club to take on the long-term project.
The Performing Arts and Entertainment Centre will provide a space for children and young people to hone their talent and to generate income through entrepreneurial activities in an effort to address crime, unemployment and poverty in the community.
In keeping with a long tradition of staging high-quality performances, the Jamaican Folk Singers devoted two of its shows within its 2013 concert season to the fundraising efforts of two local Rotary clubs.