BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, January 4, 2019 (PLP PR Media Inc.) -- International reggae singer and instrumentalist Mr Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan of Morgan Heritage who will be the surprise guest performer at the Prime Minister’s Gala to be held on Saturday January 5 at the St. Kitts Marriott’s Ballroom, has expressed pleasure at personally meeting Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris.
“The Hon Prime Minister of this country it is a pleasure to meet you, because I only watch you on television and YouTube,” said Mr Morgan on Friday January 4 at the VIP Lounge at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport, where a press conference attended by the Federation’s media was held.
He told Prime Minister Harris that he had been seeing some of the amazing things being done in the country and expressed that St. Kitts was leading in the Caribbean and that it might end up having its own currency. He said he was really proud of the growth which was moving people in the country in the right direction.
“It is an honour and I am excited about tomorrow,” said Mr Morgan of the Annual Prime Minister’s New year Gala, which is the fourth since Dr the Hon Timothy Harris became Prime Minister in February 2015. He said it will be a special moment he was looking forward to as “it is not normal I get to sing for the leaders of a country. It is truly an honour to sit here next to you, and I wish you health, strength and power as you lead this country into the 21st century, and thank you.”
Gramps Morgan, who had travelled from Kenya in East Africa, was accompanied by his fiancée Dr Annabelle Manalo and daughter Ms Meshelemiah Morgan and was joined at the airport by his manager, Mr Ryan Prendergast, who was in Basseterre ahead of them.
Prime Minister, Dr the Hon Timothy Harris was accompanied by Senator the Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett. Present were Mr Alexis Nesbitt, chairman of the Prime Minister’s Gala organising committee, and members Ms Shirley Julius, Mrs Jovil Rogers, and Mrs Jacqueline Liddie.
Dr Harris who thanked members of the organising committee for their hard work added: “I thank them for an excellent choice in foreign artists to be part of tomorrow night’s gala, and to thank Morgan and his entourage for coming, for being part of the New Year celebrations in St. Kitts and Nevis and more specifically to be part of the Prime Minister’s Gala.”
On being asked by a member of the press if he would be willing to sing along with Buju Banton, Gramps Morgan said he would love to do that and pointed out that he had heard that the acclaimed singer would be performing at the St. Kitts Music Festival this year. He appealed to the organisers to also include him in the line-up of artists for the festival to allow the two sing ‘the Lord is my Shepherd’ together.
“I have seen that festival (St. Kitts Music Festival) grow to be one of the best music festivals in the world,” said Gramps Morgan. “I have done festivals - singing from Japan to Australia, to Canada, to the Caribbean and to Africa and to all over Europe and St. Kitts has taken the game to a next level.”
He congratulated the organisers of the St. Kitts Music Festival for bringing renowned artists to perform, citing international artist 50 Cents (Mr Curtis James Jackson III) as one among those that would have graced the festival noting it was not easy to bring down top artists like those as it takes a lot of effort. Having seen the festival grow, he noted he was proud in the sense that it is a Caribbean event and that he hoped the organisers would invite him and his family.
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