The Inspire International Music Festival, Workshop and Master Classes Aims to Entertain, Teach and Inspire!
By Azaleta Ishmael-Newry
Jul 19, 2020 - 8:46:01 AM
Paul Hanna (left) and his wife Tanya (right) of The Inspire Foundation are two world-renowned Bahamian icons who are musicians, producers, songwriters and vocalists. They are the founders of The Inspire Foundation that is having a three-day Inspire International Music Festival which includes a Concert on July 31st and Workshop and Master Classes on July 29th and 30th. This virtual event slated is more than music with workshops and masterclasses to help people to cope, acquire new skills and enjoy music and entertainment of different genres from professionals around the world. More information is available at www.theinspirefoundation.net. Paul and Tanya are recipients of many awards, they are wellness advocates and are actively involved in their local community, holding many events that raise funds for causes or programs. Photo by Donald W. Knowles.
Nassau, Bahamas – For the first time, The Inspire Foundation is having a three-day Inspire International Music Festival which includes a Concert, Workshop and Master Classes to soothe our souls during these shifting times of COVID-19. This virtual event slated for July 29 – 31, 2020, is more than music with workshops and masterclasses to help people to cope, acquire new skills and enjoy music and entertainment of different genres from professionals around the world.
For a top-notch experience, The Inspire International July event will be streamed from the www.theinspirefoundation.net website that is powered by HD Source Canada for connectivity. The concert will take place on Friday, July 31, 2020, from 6 pm to 10 pm. It is a free concert featuring Bahamians artists located in The Bahamas and around the globe. World-renowned artists include Giveton Gelin, Roger Ryan, Paul and Tanya Hanna, Adrian D’Aguilar, Lee B. Callender, Theo Coakley of T-Connection and others.
Brought to you by Paul and Tanya Hanna, well-respected musicians and educators in the industry, they wanted to share how artists can be relevant during the pandemic and offer a platform for people to showcase their talent and knowledge.
“We aim to keep people inspired and motivated here in The Bahamas and around the world. We have to inspire ourselves to inspire others. Other musicians inspire musicians. Music brings balance to the soul. This is love,” said Tanya Hanna, co-founder of the Inspire Foundation.
The Inspire International Music Festival has an exciting lineup boasting over 30 Bahamian entertainers and artists including Karrington McKenzie, Vice Versa, Leo Jones, Ron Narayan, Aniska Johnson, Pamela Woods, Autumn Steel, Dr Alvira Higgs, Tyrone Thurston and Terry Rogers. Sounds of Jazz, Gospel, Bahamian Calypso and Classical and entertainment of Limbo and sights of Fire Dancing can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home or business establishment.
The Inspire Music Festival’s Workshops and Master Classes will be held on Wednesday, July 29 and Thursday, July 30 from 10 am to 1 pm with registration at www.inspirefoundation.net The Hanna duo have been teaching online for the past 5 years are pleased with the lineup of presenters. A wide range of topics includes Coping mechanics – emotional, physical and financial. Ron Narayan Jyoti from Israel will present “Heal The Heart,” on overcoming emotional stress and offering tools one can use. Autumn Steele from New York will speak on the “Music Business” that it is more than just music. Roger Ryan, a three-time Grammy nominee and Dove Winner from Trinidad and Nashville will present “Arranging the Secret Sauce.” Adrian D’Aguilar will share his experience of a Jazz Ensemble. Lee B. Callender will teach vocal techniques while Tanya Hanna shares proper breathing techniques.
Countries represented include The Bahamas, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and the United States – Honolulu, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Tennessee. Viewers will be able to access information on The Inspire Foundation’s website and social media channels.
The Inspire Foundation creates educational programs with a successful “Prodigy” program where talented children between the ages of 9 to 12 are discovered and taken on a recording journey, meet Grammy stars and get an understanding of the music business. Karrington McKenzie, a rising star and a former student, is part of this Festival.
Performers of the Inspire Festival will include:
Paul and Tanya Hanna - Piano Vocalists
Adrian D’Aguilar - Jazz Bassist
Akia Knowles - Piano vocalist
Chris Justillien - Trombonist -
Giveton Gelin - Jazz Trumpet
Kent Stevenson - Pianist Choral Director
Keysha Edwards Taylor - Piano Vocalist
Lee B. Callender - Pianist
Leo Jones - Piano Vocalist
Nick Lido - Pianist
Raju Saunders - RnB Vocalist
Randal Gray - Blues n Gospel Vocalist
Ron Joyio - Guitar Vocalist
Vice Versa, Naomi and Clinton Crawford - Piano Vocalists
Adrainna Munnings - RnB Vocalist
Aria Hanna - Pianist
Karrington McKenzie - Gospel Vocalist
Princess ‘Abdiel’ Pratt - Fire Dancer
Terrance Rodgers - Piano Vocals
Theo Coakley - T-Connection Band
Tyrone and Tyronique Thurston - Melody Sounds Band
Xavier Lawson - Pianist
Workshop Presenters will include:
Tanya Hanna - Breathing Techniques
Adrian D'Aguilar - Jazz Ensemble
Dr Alvira Higgs - Nutrition
Autumn Steele - How to Succeed in the Music-Business/Covid19
’Dandria Scott - Dance Technique
Erin Brown - Disability, Inclusion
Roger Ryan - Arranging the Secret Sauce
Rohan Mcleish - Training Tools to Succeed
Ron Jyoti Narayan - Heal the Heart
Lee B. Callender - Vocal Techniques
Theo Coakley – How to Write Songs
Yvette Bethel, Erin Brown and Tanya Hanna - Trust (For Personal Breakthrough).
To Register for the Festival Workshops, go online to: https://theinspirefoundation.net/the-inspire-music-festival/ and Click on Login/Register in the menu top right. Workshops are $19.99 per session.
WORKSHOPS: July 29-30, 10am-3pm
FREE VIRTUAL CONCERT
July 31, 2020, 6pm-10pm
Paul and Tanya Hanna have been contributing to communities in The Bahamas since 1984. Last year, they established their non-profit foundation, raising $33,000 for Hurricane Dorian evacuees. Please refer the www.theinspirefoundation.net
for more information. Participation and sponsorship are welcome. To date, in-kind sponsors include The Punch, Cable Bahamas, ZNS Radio and TV, ALIV, MaximumBassNews, Blackson Studio, You Produce, Graycliff, Paradise Fisheries, Aria Music Class, Azaleta And Co., Island FM, Jazz The Radio Show, Amz-Design, Erin Brown Connects, Adrian D’Aguilar Recording Studio, Cave Pro, HD Source and The Bahamas Weekly.
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