Award-winning Vincentian musician, Frankie McIntosh, is among the top Caribbean artists set to perform at the star-studded Caribbean American celebration of the United States’ first Black Caribbean American Vice President, Kamala Harris.
On Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend, January 17, 2021, McIntosh will join some of the Caribbean’s most notable artistes, dignitaries, and organizations globally to mark another dynamic moment in history – the pending swearing in of Harris as the first black and female, Caribbean-American US vice-president at the 59th Presidential inauguration.
Invest Caribbean, the number one global private sector, investment agency of the Caribbean, founded by Caribbean immigrant Felicia J Persaud, has initiated the event in collaboration with the Caribbean American Action Network, (CAAN), a collective of Caribbean American and Caribbean organizations. The live, virtual, Caribbean inauguration party is being presented under the theme: “Celebrating #CaribbeanAmericanKamala.”
It will be hosted by the first Black woman in a James Bond movie, Trina Parks, whose roots extend to Barbados, through her mother, and to Antigua through her grandparents and Soca Star Kirk Brown.
Also set to perform will be Jamaican dancehall star, Flourgon; Barbados’ own Soca King, Edwin Yearwood of ‘All Aboard’ fame; Antigua & Barbuda Soca Diva Claudette Peters, the famous Fab Five Band, also of Jamaica; Jamaican gospel singer Joan Meyers, of ‘Can’t Even Walk’ fame; as well as rising stars, Toni Norville and Brown; independent Jamaican artiste Janine Jkuhl of ‘Sway’ fame, Owen Dalhouse who recently released ‘Heal the Soul of America; and Guyanese Menes De Griot and Shanto. McKintosh will perform alongside De Griot, Maxie Gouevia and Rashid Thorpe.
The star-studded Caribbean event will also feature remarks from Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles;
Chair of the CARICOM Consular Corps of New York, Counsel General of Barbados to NY, O. St. E. Mackie Holder; Guyanese-born Dr Michelle Chester the corporate director Employee Health Services at Northwell Health, who administered the first COVID-19 vaccine in the US and Jamaican-born nurse, Sandra Lindsay, who became one of the most famous nurses in the United States after receiving the COVID-19 shot in the US.
The Vice President-Elect, Kamala Harris is scheduled to close the event with a message of her own to the Caribbean Diaspora and Caribbean people globally.
The live stream will kick-off at 7 p.m. EST on January 17, 2021 on the Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms of One Caribbean Television, (OCTV) at facebook.com/onecaribbeantelevision, as well as on Radio 102.9 FM in Antigua & Barbuda. On Inauguration Day, OCTV will air the event on broadcast television across the Caribbean.