Braata Singers ‘Still Standing‘

Braata Folk Singers at the Guyana Cultural Association’s Folk Festival held at the Old Boys and Girls High School Grounds in Brooklyn.
Photo by Nelson A. King, file

The Braata Singers mark their 15th Anniversary with “Still Standing,” a jubilant Off-Broadway celebration of Caribbean music and folklore.

“This highly theatrical concert presentation promises to be a fusion of tradition and innovation, featuring a repertoire that showcases both the cherished favorites of The Braata Singers over the past decade and a half, as well as daring new arrangements that breathe fresh life into timeless songs,” Braata Productions said.

“The Braata Singers: Still Standing” is presented by Braata Productions at 154 Christopher St. between Washington and Greenwich streets, in the West Village.

Performances run May 6 – 19, Monday & Wednesday; Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 5 p.m.

In addition to honoring their own milestone anniversary, “The Braata Singers: Still Standing” also pays homage to the significant independence milestones being celebrated by the islands of Grenada (50 years), St. Lucia (45 years), St. Vincent and the Grenadines (45 years), and Haiti (220 years) this year.

“Through the power of music, ‘Still Standing’ will weave together a tapestry of cultural richness and diversity, exploring the rhythms, melodies, and stories that have shaped these nations and their people,” Braata Productions said.

“’Still Standing’ will take audiences on a journey through the heart and soul of parts of the Caribbean,” it added. “Through stirring harmonies and powerful vocals, the Braata Singers will bring to life the spirit of resilience, pride, and joy that characterizes these island nations.

“Join us as we raise our voices in celebration of 15 years of musical excellence and the enduring spirit of independence that unites us all,” Braata Productions continued.

It said the program will include a medley of songs by Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, the Haitian folk song Yellow Bird, Love Is A Funny Likkle Ting, The Impossible Dream from Broadway’s The Man of La Mancha, the inspirational He Reigns Forever and a Bob Marley medley featuring One Love, among others.

The Braata Singers is under the direction of Jamaican Andrew Clarke (the Audelco Award-winning Best Musical Flambeaux), with a production team that includes script writer and co-artistic director Karl O’Brian Williams (Jamaican Actor Boy Award-winning Best Plays The Black That I Am and Not About Eve), musical director Joel Edwards, and movement director Jermaine Rowe (Broadway’s The Lion King and Fela).