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Theron Thomas: A Beacon of Inspiration with 2024 Grammy Songwriter of the Year Award

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At the 66th Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony, Theron Thomas proudly accepts the Songwriter of the Year, Non-Classical award, showcasing Virgin Islands talent on a global stage. (Source: LA Times)

Theron Thomas, celebrated as the 2024 Songwriter of the Year (Non-Classical) at the 66th annual Grammy Awards, delivered a powerful message on Sunday night, embodying hope and ambition for the youth of the Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean. “This victory is a testament to the boundless dreams we can aspire to, irrespective of our origins from small islands,” Thomas expressed, following his prestigious win. This year, Thomas distinguished himself with chart-topping hits such as “Pretty Girls Walk” by Big Boss Vette, “Told Ya” featuring Chlöe & Missy Elliot, and “Been Thinking” by Tyla, propelling him ahead of other notable contenders in his category.

Following his significant contribution to Lizzo’s “About Damn Time,” which clinched the Record of the Year in 2023, Thomas’s talent has consistently been recognized among industry elites. “To be mentioned alongside such revered talents is an honor,” Thomas remarked, acknowledging his peers, including nominee Justin Trantor. His remarkable journey is adorned with collaborations with global icons like Rihanna, Beyonce, and K-Pop’s Jung Kook, to name a few, establishing him as a vanguard of musical innovation.

Thomas is a firm believer in the Virgin Islands’ potential to emerge as a powerhouse in the music industry and across the Caribbean. He praised local artists such as Adam O and Pressure Buss Pipe for leading the charge in showcasing the rich musical heritage of the territory.

Reflecting on his journey, Thomas shared his modest beginnings and aspirations with the Consortium, “My initial goal was simple – to provide for my family. Yet, this journey has evolved into a broader mission to inspire the next generation in the Virgin Islands.” He emphasizes the importance of embracing one’s journey, including the setbacks, as a pathway to growth and improvement.

Commissioner Joseph Boschulte of the Department of Tourism commended Thomas for his dedication and discipline, which culminated in this extraordinary achievement. “Theron Thomas exemplifies the essence of Virgin Islands excellence. His accomplishments reflect our cultural mantra, Naturally in Rhythm, and we are immensely proud of his global recognition,” Boschulte stated.

Governor Albert Bryan also extended heartfelt congratulations to Thomas, celebrating his historical achievement as a moment of great pride for the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Theron’s Grammy win is a monumental achievement not just for him, but for our entire community. It underscores the global impact one individual from our territory can have, affirming the Virgin Islands’ place on the world stage,” Governor Bryan remarked.

Through his groundbreaking achievements, Theron Thomas continues to inspire and elevate the profile of the Virgin Islands, proving that talent, resilience, and hard work can transcend geographical boundaries and resonate globally.

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The Reggae Community Mourns the Loss of Peter “Peetah” Morgan, Morgan Heritage’s Frontman, at 46

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The reggae world is in mourning after the untimely death of Peter “Peetah” Morgan, the celebrated frontman of the Grammy Award-winning group Morgan Heritage, who has died at the age of 46.

Morgan Heritage, known for their classic hits such as “Don’t Haffi Dread (To Be Rasta),” “Down by the River,” and “She’s Still Loving Me,” announced Peetah’s passing on Sunday. The details surrounding his death have been kept private, but the heartfelt message from his family conveyed their profound loss and love for him.

“Our beloved husband, father, son, brother, and the charismatic lead singer of Morgan Heritage, Peter Anthony Morgan, has sadly left us today,” the Morgan family stated on Instagram. Their message invoked a plea for divine comfort, emphasizing that “love is the only way” through this trying time.

The family’s statement also extended thanks to their fans and community for the outpouring of support and requested prayers during their period of mourning. They further appealed for privacy as they navigate this challenging period of grief.

Morgan Heritage is celebrated for its dynamic contribution to the reggae genre, marked by a rich mix of melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. Formed by the progeny of the legendary reggae artist Denroy Morgan, who passed away in 2022, the band initially featured Peetah alongside Una Morgan, Roy “Gramps” Morgan, Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan, and Memmalatel “Mr. Mojo” Morgan.

Their most recent album, “The Homeland,” was unveiled in April 2023, adding to their illustrious discography and continuing their legacy in reggae music.

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Virgin Islander Cathy SitaRam Lights Up Los Angeles with Sci-Fi Spectacle at Pan African Film Festival

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Virgin Islander Cathy SitaRam’s directorial venture, “Gods of the Universe: Rise of the Star Child,” made its grand debut at the prestigious Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, instantly mesmerizing viewers with its innovative storyline and dazzling visual effects. The festival, known for showcasing the cinematic talents of African descent, was the perfect stage for the film’s premiere, highlighting its 23-minute journey through fantasy and science fiction.

The narrative unfolds around two orphaned children with advanced DNA, chosen by alien forces as Earth’s last hope against an impending cosmic disaster. This escapist drama is not just a tale of heroism; it’s a visual feast, filmed against the vibrant backdrops of San Fernando and Siparia in Trinidad and Tobago.

Starring the multifaceted Nickolai Salcedo and featuring the visionary Cathy SitaRam, a native of St. Croix with a rich background in entertainment journalism and production, the film also introduces promising talents Zane Foster and Genesis Belgrove. Their portrayals as the young protagonists bring the story’s heart and courage to life.

The film’s visual splendor is the result of a collaborative effort led by Zimbabwe’s Charles Mawungwa as the Visual Effects Supervisor and supported by Hayden Matheson from Trinidad and Tobago. The ethereal sci-fi ambiance is further enhanced by the creative genius of Jason Riley, the lead Editor and Director of Photography, and Set Director Rebecca Foster.

As part of the Pan African Film Festival’s lineup, running from February 6-19, 2024, “Gods of the Universe: Rise of the Star Child” stood out among over 175 films. The festival, an Oscar Qualifying event, is celebrated for its expansive showcase of films from around the globe, making it a landmark platform for filmmakers of African descent.

The film’s creation received notable backing from the Trinidad and Tobago government’s Film TT and promotional support from the V.I. Department of Tourism. Audience reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, drawing comparisons to iconic franchises like “Star Trek” and acclaiming the film’s imaginative narrative and mastery over visual effects.

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Theron Thomas: A Grammy Nomination Celebration Honoring USVI’s Own in Los Angeles

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On the evening of February 2 in Los Angeles, California, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, under the guidance of Commissioner Joseph Boschulte, hosted a prestigious event to celebrate the Grammy nomination of Theron Thomas, a talented native of St. Thomas, for Songwriter of the Year. This celebration not only highlighted Thomas’s significant contributions to the music industry but also his role as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Commissioner Boschulte, in his remarks, lauded Thomas’s achievements, emphasizing his capacity to shine on the global stage while firmly rooting himself in the rich cultural tapestry of the U.S. Virgin Islands. “Theron stands as a beacon of our territory’s vibrant rhythm, culture, and talent, showcasing the essence of the U.S. Virgin Islands to the world through his remarkable work in music as an artist, producer, and writer,” Boschulte remarked.

The event was a constellation of notable figures and organizations, including the U.S. Virgin Islands Lottery, Oswald Avenue Entertainment, and Soca Elements, coming together to honor Thomas. Among the attendees were luminaries from both the Virgin Islands and the broader music and entertainment sectors, including Theron’s brother Timothy Thomas, Virgin Islands Lottery Director Raymond J. Williams, USVI Director of Festivals Ian Turnbull, and celebrated personalities such as Dr. Luke, Lyrica Anderson, Ray Daniels, and many more.

Guests were treated to an exquisite selection of Virgin Islands-inspired cuisine and beverages, courtesy of sponsors like D’Ussé, Luc Belaire, and Sovereign Brands, in an atmosphere that was both exclusive and richly infused with the spirit of the Virgin Islands.

As anticipation builds for the Grammy Awards, set to take place on February 4 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, the spotlight also turns towards the upcoming St. Thomas Carnival. Scheduled from April 28 to May 5, this vibrant cultural showcase promises an array of musical performances that celebrate the heritage and artistic vibrancy of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For those eager to immerse themselves in the festivities of the St. Thomas Carnival or to discover more about the U.S. Virgin Islands, further details can be found by visiting the official tourism websites. These platforms offer a gateway to the rich cultural experiences and the natural beauty that the islands have to offer, inviting visitors to explore a world where the rhythm of the islands moves everything.

For more information and the latest updates on the St. Thomas Carnival, please visit USVI Carnivals and Festivals and Discover USVI.

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