A major consultation on gospel music is in the works for Barbados during this country’s 46th anniversary of Independence.
Although this event is in the early stages of planning, organisers – the Silvertones of Barbados – told High Note that November 30 to December 2, were the dates set for the consultation.
Chief Executive Officer and Manager of the group, Harold Britton disclosed that an international resource person from Florida was scheduled to conduct the workshop-type initiative.
“While it was primarily for the Silvertones, other gospel artistes across Barbados are welcome to attend and benefit from the expertise of the American music official,” added Britton.
He said a venue had not yet been confirmed, but he was exploring the possibility of having the music conference at one of the hotels on the south coast, including PomMarine, Christ Church.
Meanwhile, Barbadian gospel music followers are expected to witness performances from yet another international artiste from the United States in early November.
Bridget Blucher will be the guest act during a two-phase musical extravaganza being produced by host group, the Silvertones, on November 3 and 4.This double billed concert, which had been postponed from April, is aimed at promoting the fight against HIV and sensitising the church and the Christian community in general about the dangers of this disease and how to avoid contracting it.
Britton said his organisation was desirous of collecting financial donations from artistes and patrons as well as non-perishable food items for the HIV/AIDS Food Bank.
He disclosed that representatives from the Ministry of Social Care and the Ministry of Family and Youth would attend both days and supply patrons with HIV related literature, pins, buttons and T-shirts.
“Someone from the two ministries will also make special addresses at both events.