Superstar Rihanna is among five Barbadians down to receive global honours for their outstanding contributions to human rights.
Multiple calypso monarch the Mighty Gabby, church administrator Reverend Jerry Seale, slave hero Bussa, as well as an unnamed veteran trade unionist, will be recognised by the International Gathering For Peace And Human Rights during a pre-conference event at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on March 29.
The show, entitled A Jazz For Peace Prelude, will serve as a sensitization campaign to the International Gathering For Peace And Human Rights in Africa.
That global conference runs from April 11 to 13 in Nigeria. “Another thing we will be doing at that concert in Barbados is to highlight some of the young talent that we have in Barbados. So we have persons like Mylon Clarke and his band, Betty Payne, among many who would be part of it,” said media coordinator for the Caribbean and Latin America for the International Gathering, Rev. Dr Carol Phillips.
Phillips said the musical event would also feature world-renown trombonist and chairman of the International Gathering, Bishop Dr Alvin McKinny.
“Now Alvin McKinny recently played for the Obamas at the White House, and he is coming into Barbados to be part of the event on the 29th. Also on the 30th at [King] George Vl [Memorial] Park, we are having a family day, where Rev McKinny will be playing along with others; and we are inviting the Barbadian community at large,” she added.
She also revealed that McKinny had a foundation, which provided musical instruments to children and he would be working with schools in Barbados to introduce his programme. “We have children here, who probably could be fabulous musicians, who probably could never afford a trumpet or a trombone. So the relationship with Dr McKinny and the schools, will open that door for a lot of our children to get the equipment that they normally would never be able to afford,” asserted Phillips.