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Zangalewa...Itís time for Africa

For Release Upon Receipt - January 4, 2012

St. Augustine

After another sold-out year in 2011, UWI Fete – the original all-inclusive – celebrates its 22nd year on Sunday 22nd January, 2012, with a journey to Africa! 

Established in 1989, UWI Fete is the cornerstone of The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Development and Endowment Fund.  Over 3,000 bursaries have been awarded by the Fund to promote academic excellence, to assist deserving UWI students and to facilitate student interchange between the Campuses of the University.This year's much anticipated fete is themed "Zangalewa." With offerings of exotic music, food and drinks, and African inspired décor by Randal Halfhide of Another Idea, UWI Fete 2012 brings to life the rich cultures of Africa.  

The day begins with brunch that will include an array of local classics. Throughout the day, guests will continue to experience the very best in food, including a tantalising mix of authentic African cuisine. Zangalewa guests can also, of course, feast on Arabic, Indian, Creole and other international culinary delights.

“Last year we introduced two stages and it worked so well, we are doing it again,” the Fete’s Chairman Dennis Ramdeen confirmed. “The additional stage allows us to enhance our guest experience by providing more space and comfort to partygoers and we are really focused on that.  In fact, we will also be including large screens so that visitors to Zangalewa don’t miss a beat,” Ramdeen added.  

This year’s UWI Fete line up includes Kes the Band, Karma, Dil-E-Nadan, Roy Cape and his All Stars, with a special back-in-times session featuring Nelson, Stalin and Ronnie McIntosh.

Recently, The UWI conferred an honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) degree upon Roy Cape in recognition of his contributions to Caribbean music over the past 52 years. “This Doctorate really comes as such a surprise to me and I am very elated and honoured to have been chosen to receive it by the people of The University and to know that the academic fraternity considers what I have done over the years to be worthy of such recognition and reward,” Cape said.  Cape’s band is the longest serving at UWI Fete and will be doing something special for Zangalewa.

To get your UWI Fete 2012 tickets, please call Alana Campbell-John at UWI Student Advisory Services, at 662-2002 Ext. 82326, or call Nastassia Maharaj at Pepper Advertising, Newtown, POS, at 622-2762/6502.  

For more information about UWI Fete 2012 please contact Dennis Ramdeen, Pepper Advertising, at 329-2777.


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