Bahamian vocalists shone brightly on stage at the Guirui Theatre, on May 19, 2019, as Julien “Believe” Thompson, Freddie Munnings, Jr., and Angel Reckley electrified the audience at the Beijing International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 (Beijing Expo), in Yanqing District, The People’s Republic of China. The vocalists are three of the members of a team of visiting musicians, who will be performing a number of live performances in Beijing.
The Bahamas Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China His Excellency Sterling R.L. Quant brought Opening Remarks before the performance, acknowledging the presence of Officials from the The People’s Republic of China Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Officers of the Organizing Committee of the Beijing Expo, and members of the Caribbean Embassies in China. Ambassador Quant noted that the Bahamian cultural exchange performance that day was one of the many cultural exchanges that would take place for the duration of the Expo. Recently, he said, “the Asian Culture Carnival was held in the Bird Nest Stadium. Performances were first class and the special effects were very impressive. The following morning, the Asian Civilization Parade was held. Again, it was a first-class production, where 28 Asian countries were represented in music, clothing and performances.”
Ambassador Quant pointed out that the instrumentalists making up the numbers of the visiting Bahamian musicians — namely, Brick City Band members Julian Darville, Jackson Jeffer, Treco Jackson and Chineko Andrews — were also members of the “World Famous Royal Bahamas Police Force Band”. The Brick City Band teamed with the vocalists at the subsequent performance. He also mentioned that staff members of The Bahamas’ sister Caribbean countries had to be given credit, as well, in the total success of the event. And, he took the opportunity to thank staff members of The Bahamas Embassy in Beijing, namely, Julie Campbell, Misty Bain, Setter Yany and Julie Jie. The 2019 Beijing Expo runs from April 30th to September 6th, with some 110 countries and international organizations represented at the event.