Culturama’s Executive Director Weighs in on Carnival

AntonioLiburd-1(ZIZ News) — Antonio “Abonaty” Liburd, whose name is synonymous with Nevis’ Culturama Festival, is praising the Nevisians who have participated in St. Kitts and Nevis’ National Carnival celebration.

Liburd said he is pleased with the level of participation and noted that Nevisians have advanced to the final rounds of some of the competitions.

“It’s good to see that Nevisians travelled over to St. Kitts to be a part of the Sugar Mas 43. We had the Mighty Sookie participating in the Junior Kaiso Competition and, also apart from participating; he was crowned Junior Monarch for Sugar Mas 43. We saw quite a number of our soca artists from Nevis travelling over to St. Kitts as well. We saw Eazi and Ladonna making it to the finals and I want to commend them for their great performance at the Soca Monarch finals and so we had, Sunday evening, Akeisha Fergus, the reigning Miss Culture, participating in the St. Kitts Carnival Queen Pageant and placing first runner-up. I think that she should be commended for her contribution and for her great performance and for making Nevis proud, placing first runner-up in that competition,” he explained.

Liburd went on to commend the Nevisian calypsonians who participated in the Senior Calypso preliminary shows. Oscar “Astro” Browne is the only Nevisian competing in Monday night’s Senior Kaiso Competition.

Liburd also revealed that Nevis will be represented in a big way during the Grand Carnival Parade.

“It all speaks well for the development of culture on Nevis, and in St. Kitts and Nevis, and it is good to see our artists, our calypsonians, our revellers, our mass players going over to St. Kitts and participating in the Carnival celebrations. On J’ouvert morning, I saw one or two persons from Nevis who were in troupes and I understand from Banker, I visited his mass camp last week and he’s telling me that his troupe has a Culturama section…so persons from Nevis are going to come down and participate in that Culturama segment in Bankers Mass Camp troupe on the road for Carnival,” Liburd said.

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