Vincentian musical Arranger and Producer Franklyn “Frankie” McIntosh is among the acts chosen from across the Caribbean region for a virtual inauguration party in honour of United States Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, the JamaicaObserver reports.
The event is being organised by the Caribbean American Action Network, a collective of Caribbean American and Caribbean organisations, on January 17, to celebrate the rise to office of Harris, whose father is Jamaican.
The virtual inauguration party, which will be held a mere days before the official swearing in of US President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, is being staged under the theme ‘Celebrating Caribbean American Kamala’.
According to the organisers, also set to perform will be Barbados’ soca king Edwin Yearwood, Jamaican gospel singer Joan Meyers, Guyanese Menes De Griot and Shanto; Jamaican Popular show band Fab 5 and 90s deejay Flourgonas well as other emerging acts.
The event will be co-hosted by the first black woman in a James Bond movie, Trina Parks.
Frankie was appointed Cultural Ambassador by Prime Minister Dr. Gonsalves during his Independence address at the Victoria Park in 2020.
In 2014, the Association of Writers of SVG (AWSVG) bestowed on the legendary musician an honorary doctorate.
McIntosh is among 14, set to receive an honorary Doctors of Letters (DLitt) from the University of the West Indies Open Campus for his work as a Musical Director/Composer. The ceremonies, which are scheduled to take place from January 11–16, 2021.