The U.S. Embassy, in conjunction with the American Music Abroad Program within the Department of State, is pleased to announce a visit by musical artists OVEOUS and QVLN. The musicians are in Georgetown conducting music and poetry writing workshops, visiting a local orphanage, and they will travel to Berbice to give a concert at the St. Francis Community Center. On Sunday evening at 7 p.m., they will be joined by local musicians to provide a free concert at the Theatre Guild. The band arrived from touring in Guatemala and will visit Venezuela, Peru, and Honduras as part of this unique musical and cultural outreach program.
The artists were chosen through a rigorous selection process in the United States with hundreds of bands vying for participation in this prestigious program. The band consisting of Americans from Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic create a dynamic musical fusion that appeals to a wide audience. OVEOUS has appeared on HBO, performed at the famed Apollo Theater in New York and on the Arsenio Hall Show. Band member Alberto Lopez is a Grammy Award winner and was part of the team that created the Oscar-nominated sound track of the hit animated film “Rio.” QVLN, an accomplished violinist, has released eight studio albums and collaborated with artists like Tito Puente, Lalo Guerrero, Keb’ Mo, Macy Gray and Jorge Santana.
The U.S. Embassy has long history of supporting cultural programs including alternative rock band Filligar, the Phil Dunlap Jazz Trio, and the Ray Luck piano recital.
Among the goals of musical and cultural programs like these is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Guyana and that assist in the development of strong bilateral relations.