Hard times not keeping Bajans out of the Corner
2 Mile Hill during their set at Mahalia's Corner on Sunday.
As the organizers of Mahalia’s Corner prepare to close out another season, it is evident the harsh economic climate has not had an adverse effect on the attendance of the show.
Mahalia Cummins, host of the show and leader singer of the band, 2 Mile Hill, spoke to Loop News on the sidelines of Sunday’s show which featured Cultural Ambassador and calypso icon, Mighty Gabby.
“Everybody know times hard but if you have the means, you are going to find the money to do the things that you want to do. It is evident that people want to come to Mahalia’s Corner and I am very grateful that they are finding the money."
Cummins said the organizers have tried to ensure the show is not priced too exorbitantly, adding that the support of sponsors goes a long way.
“We want to make it accessible to as many people as we can and it seems to be working. It is tight for everybody but we had the support and we are very grateful for it.”
Cummins said the reach of the show has grown significantly since the humble beginnings in Bump n’ Wine years ago, adding they have achieved the objective of giving young, up and coming artistes a platform to showcase their talents.
“There was no clear vision of where it [the show] would get to. In the moment it was, Barbados needs this, and it grew organically. The fact that it has grown means we did the right thing. We are doing what we set out to do and that is to give people a platform to share and to grow and test and to inspire other people.”
The 2018 season of Mahalia’s Corner closes out next Sunday with Trinidadian soca artiste, Kerwin Dubois.
Showtime is 8 pm at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Center.
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