Darkie Honored With A Lifetime Achievement Award

By Nelson King – David Augustine “Darkie” Williams, described as the “consummate culture man” and the “Father of Drumming” in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was honoured on Saturday 14th April, 2018  with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Brooklyn New York.

Williams told the sell-out crowd that, when he began active community service in 1969, in his home village, Sion Hill, he did so “not to gather accolades for myself but to be of service to people voluntarily.

“Now, 50 years of that voluntary service to community and country, here I am, and am highly excited about tonight,” the former elementary school teacher in St. Vincent and the Grenadines said.

“I am doubly proud not just as a recipient of one of your awards but as a contributor,” added Williams, referring to the Friends of Sion Hill.

In 1975, Williams became the first president of Sion Hill United Cultural and Sports Club.

Williams was also the “main mover” behind the formation of the Sion Hill Euphonium Steel Orchestra, “and continues to be a technical advisor to that entity even up to today,” the biography says.

In 1974, Williams joined the then recently formed New Artist Movement (NAM), excelling in dancing, drumming and acting.

In a career spanning 44 years, Williams has “travelled the world as a theatre expert.”

“On the strength of intensive training at the University of the West Indies, the Edna Manley School for the Performing Arts, and the John F Kennedy Institute of Arts in Washington, his dedication to the development of culture and the performing arts in SVG is unquestion­able,” states his biography.

He has been the recipient of numerous local, regional and international awards.

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