By: Chaïra Flanders
Basseterre, St. Kitts, September 28, 2019 (ZIZ News): Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Hon. Timothy presented a special tribute in honor of the late Kenrick Georges, author and composer and the National Anthem of St. Kitts and Nevis during a Memorial service held for the musician in Brooklyn New York on Friday September 27 2019.
Prime Minister Harris was joined by the Minister of Public Infrastructure, Hon. Ian Liburd, Attorney-General, the Hon. Vincent Byron, Her Excellency Ambassador Thelma Phillip-Browne and His Excellency Ambassador Sam Condor who represents St. Kitts and Nevis at the United Nations in New York.
As he paid tribute, Prime Minister Harris shared the history of how the winning entry in the Independence National Anthem Competition was selected and announced by Miss Pamela Wall, Chairperson of the National Anthem Sub-Committee on June 3rd, 1983.
The Prime Minister said that the entry written and composed by Kenrick Georges stood out from among 45 entries adding that the Subcommittee selected the entry that they felt would stand the test of time.
“Out of 45 entries – 9 from Nevis and 36 from St. Kitts – the entry submitted by Kenrick Georges was chosen as the National Anthem of our soon-to-be Independent Nation. The National Anthem Sub-Committee felt that the Anthem it had chosen would “stand the test of time.” Thirty-six years thereafter, we certainly can agree with the Sub-committee that this Anthem has not only withstood the test of time, but will endure for all of time,” Dr. Harris expressed.
Prime Minister Harris wrapped up his tribute with words of comfort for the friends and family of the late Kenrick Georges noting, “May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may his family and loved ones find comfort, strength and pride, knowing that he contributed immeasurably to his country and always strived to put country above self.”
The late Kenrick Georges passed away on Monday August 26 2019. He died at the age of 64.