Naniki Jazz Safari Appeal for Victims of St. Vincent Storm

The Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari will partner with the St Vincent Association of Barbados to collect funds for the St Vincent and the Grenadines Storm Relief effort at the concerts from January 16th to 21st.

Festival Organizer Tom Hinds says "I greatly appreciated the support we received for the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari in St Vincent last November, so now in their time of need, we would like to do what we can to assist."

Festival Organizer Tom Hinds says “I greatly appreciated the support we received for the Naniki Caribbean Jazz Safari in St Vincent last November, so now in their time of need, we would like to do what we can to assist.”

The collection will be launched at the Opening Night event at the Sea Rocks Dome, Barbados Beach Club Maxwell featuring a theatrical performance by Mary Wilson of the Lena Horne story entitled “Stormy Weather”.

The show, based on James Gavin’s biography of the singer combines story, song and images to give a defining portrait of singer and civil rights activist Lena Horne. It follows her career from the Cotton Club glory days and the back lots of Hollywood studios to the glitzy but bigoted resorts of Las Vegas.

Horne’s voice has resonated throughout the decades, not only through her incredible vocal talent but also through her determination to fight for what she believed. According to the programme notes from the show “This new musical extravaganza takes us on the sometimes stormy, always extraordinary journey of an American icon.”

Mary Wilson, former member of the premier seventies girl group The Supremes is making her second visit to Barbados and coincidentally, the weather was centre stage on her first visit during Independence celebrations in November 1966, which was marred by heavy rain. Wilson is the headline act for this “Night of the Legends” on January 16 2014 which also features American pianist Randy Weston performing “The Panama Connection” in tribute to his South American roots.

The 2014 Naniki Caribbean Jazz Legends Award for Barbados will also be presented to celebrated international Barbadian drummer Roy Haynes on the night.

Six concerts from January 16 to 21 are included the series for The Jazz Safari now entering its second year

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