MEDIA RELEASE: Mahalia’s Corner Marks Ten Years with a Special Season

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 –It’s been ten years running for the popular music and poetry festival Mahalia’s Corner and its founders, the band 2 Mile Hill, are launching this year’s season with a throwback show on Tuesday, 3rd September at the place it all started, Marina Bar and Restaurant or the old Bump ‘n Wine as it was called a decade ago.

Kweku Jelani

The first show featuring musical guest Kweku, an open mic and performances by 2 Mile Hill is call the Origin Story. It marks the beginning of a season celebrating the evolution of a movement the band started to give young artists a platform to hone and demonstrate their craft and seasoned performers a safe space to show a different, more vulnerable side to their audiences.

In addition to the first show, the four-week festival will include a series of weekend shows at the Errol Barrow Creative for Creative Imagination, starting with featured guests Lead Pipe and Saddis on September 7th and 8th, followed by Edwin Yearwood on September 14th and 15th. Doors open at 7pm, with a start time of 8pm. The Sunday show will be a repeat of the show on Saturday. 

The Mahalia’s Corner  “Tenniversary” will climax on September 22nd at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre with an all-star cast of ten performers who have graced the Corner stage over the years: Betty B, Bobo, Ch’An, Iron Pipe, John Yarde, Khiomal, Lil Rick, Rhesa Garnes, Teff and RPB.

Mahalia Cummings.

 2 Mile Hill’s Front Woman, Mahalia, said it’s a surreal feeling to think so much time has passed between the conceptualization of what seemed like a small idea and now. “It’s amazing to see where it is now and how much it’s grown,” she continued.

 “I feel really grateful for the support we’ve received from friends, fans, family, and artists that needed a platform to stand on and a place to grow,” Mahalia expressed. “Just knowing that it is still necessary keeps me inspired and motivated to continue.”

 She added that this Season will be full of surprises. She was particularly excited to see what new talent the Open Mic segment of the festival uncovered and also to expose a fresh crop of upcoming local stars in the Spotlight Artist segment which became a part of the showcase a few years ago.

 “My adrenaline is very, very, high going into the first show, the throwback show. I think it will set the bar high for the rest of the Season,” she said.

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