Chant­ing the ‘Get Through’ Cause

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Faye-Chantelle Mon­de­sir

The Ca­lypso com­mu­nity has joined forces with the Car­ni­val com­mit­tee and me­dia to stage an un­prece­dented fundraiser event to aid ail­ing ca­lyp­so­nian Cyril ‘Get Through’ Felix, a mem­ber of the Take Over Tent.

“We at TOT could not sit back and al­low him to re­main in a po­si­tion where he could not have aided him­self. So, with the brain­child of our found­ing mem­ber Tr­us­cott Au­gustin, we found our­selves ral­ly­ing and pro­duc­ing this ben­e­fit show. Out of this ac­tiv­ity we are evolv­ing into the wel­fare fund,” TOT Tent Man­ager Ce­cile Charles clar­i­fied, as he ad­dressed the me­dia con­fer­ence an­nounc­ing the fundraiser event.

Car­ni­val com­mit­tee direc­tor Teddy Fran­cis, who was also present, high­lighted, “The ill­ness of Cyril ‘Get Through’ Felix has spawned a num­ber of ini­tia­tives and has made per­sons aware of the need to fill a num­ber of ob­jec­tives. Pri­mar­ily our fo­cus is to ren­der as­sis­tance to a pi­o­neer who pur­sued a dif­fi­cult and chal­leng­ing path and is renowned for his skills when words like spon­sor­ship were alien to the art form. He brought forth a new wave whereby he en­cour­aged young per­sons, par­tic­u­larly from the in­ner city and the ur­ban cen­tre in Saint Lu­cia, to en­ter the Ca­lypso field.”

Get Through is said to be the trail­blazer for the Rasta­far­ian com­mu­nity’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Ca­lypso arena dur­ing an era when reg­gae mu­sic dom­i­nated the so­cio-re­li­gious group.

Fran­cis em­pha­sised that the mu­si­cal di­ver­sity that Get Through ini­ti­ated is a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment that has not gone un­no­ticed.

The fundraiser event will be staged in the form of a ben­e­fit con­cert sim­i­lar to the re­cent Leeb­o­ra­tion.

The Car­ni­val direc­tor also noted his an­tic­i­pa­tion for the artistes rep­re­sent­ing them­selves, hav­ing con­sid­ered the demise of the Ca­lypso As­so­ci­a­tion in re­cent years. “Events like these will work well to fos­ter the esprit de corps and get them to work in uni­son to achieve amal­ga­ma­tion, rep­re­sent­ing them­selves as was done a cou­ple of decades ago in the very vi­brant Ca­lypso As­so­ci­a­tion,” he com­mented.

The ben­e­fit con­cert dubbed ‘Chant­ing for Get Through’ is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 12 at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre. An af­ter-work lime will be fol­lowed by the Fes­ti­val Band ush­er­ing in the grand con­cert at which all artistes will ren­der pro bono per­for­mances. The pub­lic’s fullest sup­port is so­licited and per­sons wish­ing to as­sist can con­trib­ute via Bank of Saint Lu­cia, ac­count # 141115406, Ac­count Holder: Tr­us­cott Au­gustin.

Get Through’s brother, Nor­man Boyce, at the fore­front of help­ing to chant the cause.

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