NEW YORK, USA -- Guyana’s prime minister, Moses Nagamootoo, will on Saturday launch his nation’s 50th independence celebration in New York. Dr Rupert Roopnarine, Guyana’s senior minister of education, culture, youth and sport and chairman of the 50th Independence Commemoration Commission, will accompany the prime minister.
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo
Queens is home to one of the largest Guyanese communities in the United States and the ceremony will be attended by United States elected officials, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other diplomats, sponsors, corporate leaders and the Guyanese Diaspora.
The event will feature Guyana’s Miss World 2015 contestant and winner of the Miss World talent contest, singer Lisa Punch; Guyanese singer, Sasha Wintz – British Virgin Islands Miss World 2015 contestant; vocalist Cherry-ann Hislop; soca artists Adrian Dutchin and Jumo Primo, as well as Chutney singers Gopaul Mangalram and Joyce Urmila Harris. Guyanese-American hip hop artistes Red Café and Ryan Leslie have also been invited to perform.
There will also be performances from the Bethesda Healing Center Dance Ministry, God’s Battalion of Praise Youth Choir, Impressions Dance Theater and classical Indian dancers Nikita Persaud and Nadia Persaud. Anthony Alleyne is slated to sing the US National Anthem while Lenessa Alexander will sing the Guyana National Anthem.
Chairman of Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary Committee (New York), Rickford Burke, said in a statement on Thursday that “The launch will be a harbinger that will set the tone for a spectacular Golden Jubilee Independence celebration from June 4 – 12, 2016, in New York City, to which Guyana’s President David Granger has been invited.”
The New York celebration is expected to be the largest celebration outside of Guyana.
Burke said that the commemorative events in June will depict Guyana’s rich and diverse cultures, as well as its journey from independence to contemporary society.
“I’m confident that our celebration will capture the hearts and minds of not only Guyanese, but friends and well wishers of Guyana, imbue Guyanese with an indelible sense of identity and rekindle national pride,” the committee’s chairman added.