Monday 9 December, 2019

President unhappy with ‘unacceptable’ rendition of national anthem

President Paula-Mae Weekes has taken issue with the manner in which the national anthem was performed at the closing ceremony of CARIFESTA.

In a statement on Tuesday, she said the anthem must be sung in its original music.

“However, a discordant note was struck at the closing ceremony, when an unacceptable rendition of our National Anthem was performed. The National Anthem must be sung in its original music; no introduction or coda can be added or other artistic licence taken in its rendition. The offence is compounded when it occurs at an official function, as was the closing ceremony of CARIFESTA XIV.”

She added that the national anthem, like our national flag and Coat of Arms, identifies us as a nation and must at all times be accorded the utmost respect.

The President also extended gratitude and congratulations to the organisers, participants, visitors and general public whose respective contributions ensured a successful and praiseworthy event.

“This aberration aside, Trinidad and Tobago will long remember CARIFESTA XIV as a manifestation of Caribbean talent, unity and pride. Well done!”

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