Library and La Rich host final Spoken Lyrics Event on Friday

Singing from left to right: The featured artists Natisha Hanson and Malaika Maxwell

Photo by: Elvis Harrigan and José Williams

On Friday, August 2, the Philipsburg Jubilee Library (PJL) in collaboration with La Rich Arts & Entertainment Management will host the finale of their 3 part Spoken Lyrics summer event, to be hosted at the library’s new PJL Lounge, at 8 pm.

The objective of this collaboration is to promote the library as more than just a location to borrow books but to also showcase another layer of literacy which translates into performance poetry and music. Events like these also stimulate St. Maarten’s up and coming entertainers to participate in sharing their work with the general public, which provides opportunities for personal creative development.

The library, in its quest to continue to be a relevant part of St.Maarten’s continuously changing society hopes to make the PJL Lounge available to the public for future events which encourage literacy, creative expression, and appreciation of the arts or simply for lounging during library opening hours to browse the internet with a laptop using the library’s free WIFI.

This Fridays show will be dedicated to women under the theme "It’s a Woman’s World", in celebration of the multitalented young women of St. Maarten. The finales featured artists are two powerful and passionate singers, Natisha Hanson and Malaika Maxwell. Although the pair has similar roots in gospel music, their style and delivery are all their own. Natisha is no stranger to the mic and is known for effortlessly belting out high notes to popular songs, ranging from Aretha Franklin to Beyonce Knowles. Malaika, the evening’s second featured artists, is a soulful artist who sings with an eclectic fusion of jazz, neo soul, and the rhythm of reggae in every note. The creative pair will be backed by the Jazzeko Band performing alongside: Morena Ignacio, Melissa Fleming, Maye Boo, Ms. Yorkie, Shanica Richardson, Keoma Hammer and special guest Theo De Weever.

All local poets and lyricists are welcome, during the open mic, to contribute any material that is line with the theme of the night.