Braata Folk Singers Back by Popular Demand! Caribbean Folk Ensemble, the Braata Folk Singers, will grace the stage once more after a triumphant return to concert performance on Father’s Day earlier this year. Armed with an expanded repertoire, this performance will mark the New York-based group’s second live production since the pandemic began. The concert will include the much-loved inspirational, folk and reggae songs from the June 2021 concert.
The Braata Folk Singers, under the creative direction of Jamaican-born actor, singer, and producer Andrew Clarke, and the musical direction of Joel Edwards, present “Rebirth” on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) at 6 p.m. Tickets will be $25 pre-sold and $30 at the door. Tickets can be reserved at braataproductions.org/bfsreboot. JPAC is located at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, New York near the Parsons/Archer subway stop.
The concert is produced by Braata Productions, which is dedicated to giving Caribbean and Caribbean-American artists a platform to showcase their work and talents. Their mission is to transform lives through cultural awareness and the arts and to bring Caribbean folk culture, artists, music, stories, movement, and theater into more prominent spaces while providing an opportunity for Caribbean artists to receive greater recognition. The Braata Folk Singers are proud ambassadors of Caribbean folk music. Queens County is home to one of the world’s largest communities of Caribbean expatriates.
Patrons who were treated to “Rebirth” earlier this year experienced first hand how the title of the show is a metaphor: the world emerging from the pandemic. At that show, Clarke explained that we as a city were just in the early stages of discussing the return to live performance. The program inspired our supporters and fans to safely emerge from their homes, apartments, and lofts–like butterflies from their cocoons–into a world different from the pre-Covid one they knew.
Having taken some time to retool, the Braata Folk Singers surprised concert-goers with a program unlike any ever seen before in the group’s more than 10-year performance history. One patron remarked as he left the theatre, “I am pleasantly surprised, really glad I came, the show was excellent.” That is exactly the reaction Clarke had hoped to elicit from those in attendance. Clarke said, “I am sure when most people sat down to the concert that day they expected a nice evening listening to some of their favorite folk songs. But from the sound of the opening chords, they were in for something special!” He added, “The end of the first song brought on the first of many standing ovations for the night. I think it was safe to say that the Braata Folk Singers had returned in fine style!”
Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged to minimize in-person transactions and to observe Covid protocols. For those unable to attend the concert, donations are encouraged to ensure the Braata Folk Singers’ continued existence.
The Braata Folk Singers in Concert is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
ABOUT BRAATA PRODUCTIONS
Braata Productions is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving Caribbean and Caribbean-American artists an opportunity and platform through which they can showcase their works and talents. The company was founded in 2009 to bring Caribbean folk culture, music movement, stories, artists, and theatre to the United States. The vision is to create a world where the cultural and historical traditions of the Caribbean islands are woven into the beautiful tapestry of global arts used to teach and inspire new generations to always reach for more.
Braata Productions offers the highest quality theatrical and educational productions and programs to educate and entertain people worldwide.
For more information, to purchase tickets, or to donate to the Braata Folk Singers, visit braataproductions.org/bfsreboot.