Braata Folk Singers present ‘Rebirth’ in Queens

Jamaican born actor, singer, and producer Andrew Clarke leads Braata Folk Singers during one of their concerts.
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Braata Folk Singers present a one-night only concert, “Rebirth,” on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave., Queens.

“Caribbean vocal ensemble the Braata Folk Singers has expanded their repertoire in another live production since the pandemic began,” said the group in a statement on Monday.

The New York-based group, primarily focused on showcasing and preserving Caribbean folk music, now performs inspirational and reggae songs.

“The Braata Folk Singers, under the creative direction of Jamaican born actor, singer, and producer Andrew Clarke, and the musical direction of Joel Edwards, will once again present ‘Rebirth,’” the group said.

It said the title of the show is a metaphor for the world emerging from the pandemic.

This year, the ensemble is armed with brand new songs with a specific focus of celebrating the 60th independence of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

“The show is designed to celebrate some of the most remarkable aspects of each of these nations – looking back while also looking forward,” Braata Folk Singers said.

Braata is a Jamaican colloquial term meaning “more.”

The company said that is what it aspires to do: “Give its supporters and audiences something more at all times.”

Started by actor/singer Clarke in May 2009, “the goal for Braata has always been to provide entertainment and education to our patrons and give voice to diverse experiences, performers, writers and directors.

“We aim to authentically represent the culture of the Caribbean islands, and to prioritize cultivating and re-telling Caribbean stories and legends for generations to come,” the statement said.

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