‘Faith Hope and Love the Concert’ is the title of a major fundraising event on May 11 to aid St Theresa’s RC Church, Woodbrook.
‘Faith Hope and Love the Concert’ headlines Natasha Babwah-Tim Kee and will feature music of varying genres, including spiritual, classical, contemporary, musical theatre and Latin. A young Babwah became the unique voice on the runaway hit ‘Jab Molassie’, written especially for her by Chris Ulerie and featuring Machel Montano.
Babwah, who later became Babwah-Tim Kee, is the holder of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Language Science with a Minor in Music pursued in the University of Miami and The University of the West Indies. Instead of developing a soca career, she turned her sights on raising her two lovely daughters, while training other young voices, teaching and preparing them for recitals and music festival.
This she did while performing at galas, corporate gigs, weddings, funerals and her first love, at church. She released her first Christmas single last Christmas titled ‘One Small Child’ and she currently leads the Maria Regina Grade School Choir.
“I offer my gift back up to God…I sing in the St Theresa’s RC Choir every week and it’s like perfection for me…. I really love my Church and I also love to sing, so I thought why not combine the two and assist my parish.”
Like many of the Catholic churches around the country, St Theresa’s RC, Woodbrook is in need of repairs, standing close to 90 years old. “Our roof needed to be refurbished. However, I learnt that in order to restore the roof, the bell tower, which we jokingly say is leaning more than the leaning tower of Pisa, had first to be attended [to]… I was compelled to do something so I reached out to my musical friends who immediately jumped at the opportunity to be part of the concert…”
The cast includes celebrated tenor Wendell Constantine, Marvin Smith, David Huggins, former School’s Chutney Monarch and Music Festival 2018 winner Christian Mendez, three-time Guinness World Record Holder pianist Charles Brunner, pannists Ray Holman and Johann Chuckaree, Latin band Solo Para Ti, the Maria Regina Grade School Choir and the St Theresa’s RC Church choir.
Contributions towards the church’s Bell Tower Fund are invited and appreciated. Ticket contribution is TT$150. Persons are invited to sponsor tickets or blocks of tickets for participation by the elderly in Senior Citizens Homes or in their parish. For more information, contact the parish office or e-mail FaithHopeLoveConcert@gmail.com