GREAT BAY, St. Martin (December 22, 2006)—Fête – The first recording of traditional St. Martin festive music by Tanny & The Boys is “selling like hot cakes,” according to Van Dorp bookstore.
“The beautifully designed Fête CD was restocked at Van Dorp three times in less than one week since its release here last Friday,” said Jacqueline Sample, president of House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).
The richly-mastered music CD is now available at Shipwreck and both NAPA stores. CD patron and businessman Michael Ferrier said that stores, institutions, and individuals may obtain single or in-bulk Fête CDs at NAPA-St. Maarten.
The popular stringband of senior musicians is as busy as its music is a hot gift item for the holidays and beyond for music lovers and collectors.
This weekend Tanny & The Boys performed in Anguila, last weekend the band had a rousing reception in Marigot at the dinner dance in its honor, organized with the Rhythms Boys. On December 31, the group is scheduled for the stringband festival in Tortola, said band member Jocelyn Arndell.
With its “infectious dance music and traditional Christmas songs such as the cherished Guavaberry song,” said Sample, the CD is the golden calling card for a three-part project coordinated by HNP for the 15th anniversary of Fête and the 48th birthday of Tanny & The Boys in 2007.
Monies from the CD sales are for the band members that are performing on Fête. All of the band’s members are over 65 years of age. Since the original Fête recording in 1992, key members Tanny and Culebra have retired from playing music with the group.
The Fête CD is produced by HNP’s Mountain Dove Records. The three-part Tanny & The Boys project, for which GEBE is a major “patron of the nation’s arts,” includes the Fête CD, updated booklet, and a documentary DVD, said Sample.