Music “Fusion” Brings “At Risk” Youth Together

Director of Culture Creighton Pencheon explained that Fusion is a music mentorship programme being undertaken by his department. 

“We have adopted a young group which was brought to our attention by Alister Williams early last year,” Mr. Williams revealed.  “We went about trying to find resources to purchase equipment to begin a training exercise with the group.  We started in May then floundered until the ACF came to our rescue.” 

The contribution from the Advancement of Children Foundation (ACF) came in the form of a cheque which was presented by Mrs. Patricia Wilkinson, Chairperson of the ACF Board of Councellors.  ACF comprises several civic-minded corporations or business entities in the Federation that have the mission of positively affecting the lives of children and youth, by creating an environment that is conducive to learning, growth and contribution, replete with community and family support, and free of violent and negative coercive forces. 

Mr. Pencheon revealed that the group includes young men who have a knack for music.  He elaborated that the programme is designed to empower such youth to lead a wholesome life, away from crime and violence. 

In response, Reheem Thatcher “Fusion” founder, revealed that he dedicated himself to reaching out to young would-be musicians around St. Kitts. 

“With music, it keeps you out of trouble because you don’t have time for the gang,” Mr. Thatcher stressed.  “And you learn a lot from it.  Right now St. Kitts music is not at its best.  That type of music standard has faded and we are trying to bring it back by taking the best from the past and bringing it to the present.” 

Presently, there are 12 members in Fusion from several communities around the island including Basseterre, Cayon, Lodge and New Guinea. 

Adding to the discussion, Nigel Williams, Music Specialist at the Department of Culture, noted that the Fusion sessions would cover much more than the performance aspect of music. 

“We have contacted quite a few professional musicians – people in the music business, to name a few like Adrian Lam, Gairy Knight and myself will be assisting with music theory,” Mr. Williams informed.  “We will also be assisting with the general things that happen with most bands here, when we have to perform for shows.  It is important to know how to read cord sheets so that when they go to particular events or engagements they can handle it.  So we have to equip them with the necessary tools to become professional musicians.” 

Mr. Thatcher took the opportunity to invite other musically inclined young men to join the sessions by contacting him at 668-1345, or the St. Kitts Department of Culture at 467-1415.    Persons wishing to contribute to the Advancement of Children Foundation can email info@acfstkittsnevis.org or like Facebook page acfskn for further information.

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