Soufriere Foun­da­tion ex­tends support to bud­ding lo­cal mu­sic artiste

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Lo­cal mu­sic artiste Naomie Gran­di­son, af­fec­tion­ately known as Ngozi, is an up-and-com­ing vo­cal­ist/song­writer who hails from the scenic town of Soufriere. She re­cently won the In­ter Com­mer­cial Ca­lypso Monarch and is a co-founder of the “I Am Beau­ti­ful” youth cam­paign along with hav­ing the priv­i­lege of be­ing a found­ing mem­ber of the “Head­phunk’’ artis­tic ex­pres­sion group. Ngozi has re­cently em­barked on an audio visual project called Edu Nou, a Reg­gae fu­sion num­ber that seeks to high­light the preva­lent is­sues of sex­ual abuse, ne­glect and drug mis­use in our com­mu­ni­ties. In a di­rect show of support for this project the Soufriere Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion has part­nered with Naomie to see the con­cept be­come a re­al­ity by mak­ing a cash do­na­tion to the artiste in or­der to de­fray pro­duc­tion cost.

Mr. Wal­ter Fran­cois, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the SRDF lauded the songstress’s ac­com­plish­ments over the past years and re­it­er­ated the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s com­mit­ment to as­sist in the de­vel­op­ment of the cre­ative arts and home-grown artistes. “We are very proud to be able to stand with Naomie to see this project be­come a re­al­ity. Ad­di­tion­ally we are also sat­is­fy­ing a core company man­date by aid­ing the di­rect so­cio-eco­nomic and cul­tural de­vel­op­ment of our com­mu­nity,” stated Mr. Fran­cois.

In re­sponse to the do­na­tion, Naomie had high­lighted that it was the first time that any agency had in­vested in her work and she heaped tremen­dous praise on the Soufriere Foun­da­tion for its gen­eros­ity.

Naomie “Ngozi” Gran­di­son

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