Antigua and Barbuda’s star musicians and personalities came out on Friday December 16, for the exclusive screening of Antigua and Barbuda’s episode in the award-winning PBS “Music Voyager” series.
The event hosted by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, on the big screens of Caribbean Cinemas was attended by Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Richard Skerritt; CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Paula Frederick-Hunte, musicians and well known personalities which appear in the film to include Sir Richie Richardson as well as tourism partners and well-wishers.
“Music Voyager: Antigua and Barbuda,” filmed on the islands during a week in September 2015, highlights the story of Antigua and Barbuda through music and culture allowing viewers to experience the country through the eyes of musicians, local personalities, and their words.
CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority said: “We are very excited to have you here as we celebrate the opportunity to share with you another example of the positive momentum that Antigua and Barbuda is experiencing in tourism.”
The thirty minute episode starts with journalist Mirissa Neff, alongside a local guide meeting with calypsonians for insight into the traditional art-form of calypso. They first enjoy an impromptu rendition by a noted Road March King who strums on a guitar on Antigua’s Market Street, then end up on a beach for a quick game of cricket and a chat with soca artistes and a famous Antiguan cricketer about island life. The episode climaxes at Shirley Heights with residents and visitors dancing to the pulsating beats of an internationally known Antiguan musician at the popular Sunday Sunset Party.
Through interviews and travel, the episode brings vibrancy and life to Antigua and sister island Barbuda by meeting musicians, tasting the local food, visiting off-the-beaten path attractions, watching a game of warri and attending parties and hidden venues only the locals know.
Live performances are given by: Joseph ‘Calypso Joe’ Hunte, Clarence ‘Oungku’ Edwards, Claudette Peters, MnM Music, Romancia Kingston, The National Youth Choir, and Shermain Jeremy, while other well-known local personalities and musicians appear throughout the film.
The Antigua and Barbuda episode began airing internationally in early 2016 within season 7 of Music Voyager.
Originally started in 2009, the award winning Music Voyager series was co-produced by National Geographic Music & Adventure, BBC Travel and Tantra Inc. The programming has evolved to broadcasting globally in over 50 languages and airing on leading media outlets that include BBC Travel; National Geographic Music & Adventure; PBS, Create TV and more.
“Voyager episodes are presently broadcasting in 120 countries, on International In-Flight programming, on Cruise Ships and in European and Asian hotel chains. This represents unparalleled positive exposure for the destination,” said CEO, Colin C. James.
The Antigua and Barbuda episode is available for viewing here, and arrangements have been made for the airing of the programme on national television station ABS TV.