Something Positive Releases "Vision" - CD Release Party on June 27th at The Madelyn (NYC)


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Cheryl Byron & Something Positive
The number one Afro-Caribbean performing company in the United States, Something Positive, will launch their latest CD titled Vision at their 4th Annual Cocktails & Conversations benefit on Thursday, June 27th, 7PM at New York City hot spot The Madelyn. This benefit and CD release honors the 10th anniversary of founder and Rapso music pioneer Cheryl Byron’s passing. The release is a reprise of Cheryl Byron and Something Positive’s recordings from their acclaimed 1993 album, Freedom Soon Come. This re-mastered and re-titled version of Byron’s original work comes complete with a riveting rendition of the title track, VISION, written by Byron and recently recorded by current Artistic Director Michael Manswell and company.

Vision, pays homage to the Mother of Rapso music herself from the company she birthed and nurtured. It honors the timeless and continuing relevance of the themes that pervade her work: the interconnections across all peoples of art, culture, spirituality, and the persistent presence of the divine in the ordinary. The re-issue on disc and online allows Byron’s legacy to be chronicled, archived and shared in a sustainable way. VISION promises to take listeners on a cathartic journey from feelings of grief and sadness to joy and excitement.

Known for their high energy performances and brilliant costumes, Something Positive has performed their original repertoire of music and dance at venues including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Lincoln Center, American Museum of Natural History, and Harlem’s famed Schomburg Center. With more than 2,000 Facebook followers, sold out concerts throughout the United States, Caribbean, and Central America, and celebrity supporters that include Board Walk Empire Star Justiin A. Davis, Actress Hazelle Goodman, Calypso legend {{The Mighty Sparrow, and actors Malik Yoba and Danny Glover, Something Positive is showing no signs of slowing down.

Cheryl Byron is an icon of Caribbean and African art and culture. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, she migrated to New York where she established Something Positive and continued her artistic work and cultural advocacy. Today, Something Positive is comprised of more than 40 dancers, singers and musicians. In addition to performing both nationally and internationally, the company has conducted theater, dance, and music workshops for more than 500,000 youth and community members over the last decade.

Proceeds from Cocktails & Conversations and sales of Vision will help fund Something Positive as they continue to enrich the world with their performances and educational programs.

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