NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis has called on the government to address the concerns of local music artists over planned celebrations for the upcoming Independence Day celebrations that reportedly fail to feature Bahamian culture.
In a statement, Davis said his party suggests the government hosts a live or recorded variety cultural show featuring music, acting, dancing and storytelling from several Family Islands, chronicling the country’s heritage.
“This yearly national celebration of independence should have two purposes: the inclusion of young people with their new traditions and ideas,” Davis said.
“There should also be a celebration of the legacy issues with our culture, tradition and identity.
“As such, in the latter sense, the participation of our local entertainers is especially expected. This event is also an income earner for them.”
Davis said given that Independence celebrations are marked by a number of events throughout the month, the government still has an opportunity to involve the entertainment community in this year’s celebrations.