The founders of Virgin Islanders United, Inc. set out to design an organization that would provide the best of the civic & social worlds, & become a full-service organization for Virgin Islanders at home & abroad. The original slogan for the organization was “Three Islands, One Love” denoting the then 3 Islands that constituted the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Years later however, the slogan was changed, to acknowledge the addition of Water Island to the territory chain, & to reflect a more global tagline, “Taking the US Virgin Islands & The Caribbean to the Next Level of Performance!”
Upon setting up the infrastructure & ground rules of the organization, through the implementation of a Constitution, the founders then set their eyes upon the task of electing Leadership: Kevin Hughes was elected as the 1st President; Anna Branigan was elected Vice President; Ivor Penha, Treasurer; & Karen Nelson-Hughes Secretary.
The 1st Caribbean Cultural Fest, & those that followed, all had 1 thing in common - “Caribbean Star Power!” From the beginning, the festival attracted the biggest names in Caribbean music. The event quickly rose to prominence in the New York Caribbean, outdoor, concert scene.
Caribbean Cultural Fest has become known as the place, where you can see Icons, performers who literally define the genres of Quelbe, Calypso, and Soca Music: Stanley & the Ten Sleepless Knights-live and direct from the U.S. Virgin Islands; Shirlaine Hendrickson, The Soca Monarch of Trinidad & Tobago; Singing Francine, The 5x International Calypso Queen of the World; Calypso Rose, The Undisputed Calypso Queen of the World; The Legendary Chalkdust; Celebrated Crucian Calypsonian, Prince Galloway; and Whadablee, The Calypso King of The U.S. Virgin Islands.
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