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UPDATE: Hons. Walwyn & Christopher chip in big for Thea Cooke

Divinity Roxx with Thea Cooke during her visit to the Elmore Stoutt High School while in the Virgin Islands last month June, 2013.
Thea Cooke had performed on the same stage as her idol during the Bayside Rhythms June 8, 2013 concert which was held at Captain Mulligan's, Nanny Cay, Virgin Islands. She did one of her pieces backed-up by Kamau Georges and Dalan Vanterpool. Photo: VINO/file
Thea Cooke had performed on the same stage as her idol during the Bayside Rhythms June 8, 2013 concert which was held at Captain Mulligan's, Nanny Cay, Virgin Islands. She did one of her pieces backed-up by Kamau Georges and Dalan Vanterpool. Photo: VINO/file
Thea Cooke heads off to Victor Wooten's Base camp which will commence on Monday July 22, 2013, compliments of her idol Divinity Roxx and Bayside Rhythms. Photo: Provided
Thea Cooke heads off to Victor Wooten's Base camp which will commence on Monday July 22, 2013, compliments of her idol Divinity Roxx and Bayside Rhythms. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Bayside Rhythms member Mr Wasi Philbert has said it would be remiss of him not to applaud the partnership of Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn and Fifth District Representative Hon. Christopher for their input in allowing teenager Thea Cooke to attend a bass camp in the United States.

Mr Philbert explained that when the initiative came up it was seen as one that was worth the signature of the Education Department and was endorsed by the Honourable Minister. "Because she is a school child we thought that we needed to involve the Education Ministry and Minster Walwyn loved the initiative and right away showed his support."

He also said Hon. Delores Christopher recognised the importance of supporting Thea Cooke because she is from the Fifth District and as such she too took the opportunity to lend her support.

See previous article posted July 17, 2013

Young musician Thea Cooke heads off to bass camp

- Opportunity comes compliments of Divinity Roxx/Bayside Rhythms

ROAD TOWN, Torotola, VI – Thea Cooke, a student of Elmore Stoutt High School (ESHS), is counting her blessings as she makes one step towards accomplishing her life’s goal. On Sunday July 21, 2013 she heads off to Tennessee, USA where she will be among the best of the best at a 3-week bass guitar camp, thanks to her idol Divinity Roxx.

It all started with Bayside Rhythms when they  featured Divinity Roxx,  who had mixed an eclectic style of music steeped in elements of rhythm and blues, hip-hop, funk, soul, and rock at the June 8, 2013 concert at Captain Mulligan’s, Nanny Cay.

Prior to the concert night, Roxx had visited and interacted with the senior Music students of ESHS where Bayside Rhythms' Kamau Georges works as a music teacher. Thea Cooke, who adores the bass guitar, stunned Roxx when she told her that she was her hero. Roxx was so moved that she embraced the sentiments by affording Thea an appearance at the stage concert.

There was another big surprise waiting for the young musician, however, and Wasi Philbert announced that Roxx had a surprise for Cooke as she was going to sponsor her to attend a bass camp in Tennessee in the USA. “Thea Cook who actually idolises Divinity Roxx, we went ahead and decide to send her off to base camp, Victor Wooten’s Base Camp in Tennessee, so Bayside Rhythms and Divinity Roxx, we are actually paying for her to attend the camp for three weeks for her to go and have a life changing experience because she is also a high school student,” said Mr Philbert.

Victor Wooten is one of the world's best bass players and, along with his wife, runs the annual camp that brings together young bass players from across the globe.

Thea Cooke told Virgin Islands News Online that she was shocked out of her shoes when she learnt from her peers at school and others on the street that Ms Roxx had announced on national radio that she was sending her off to the camp. “I am so happy about this after I went to Mr Kamau Georges and asked him if what I was hearing was the truth. He told me they wanted it to be a surprise and yes it was true and he gave me all the details.”

Thea said she counts herself very privileged since it’s not usually an easy go to be accepted to attended that camp. “I went and researched about it and there are thousands of people who apply every year to go to that camp but only the best of the best are chosen. So for me being given the opportunity without having to make any application and any such much is just a cherished moment for me,” said Thea Cooke. She also said Roxx later communicated with her on facebook and reconfirmed what she had done.

She leaves the shores of the VI on Sunday for the camp, which starts on Monday. According to Thea, she is going with an open mind, looking forward to great interaction, experience and new and improved knowledge. “I see that as a step closer to me becoming what I want to be in the future, I will have fun, meet new people and come back to my school and community to share my experience and the knowledge I would gain there,” Thea told this news site.

The young musician also said she is being supported extensively by Bayside Rhythms and is also getting some backing from the Government of the Virgin Islands. 

21 Responses to “UPDATE: Hons. Walwyn & Christopher chip in big for Thea Cooke”

  • Fly on the Wall (17/07/2013, 08:49) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ahh Bwoy. Thea mi girl we have you in our prayers....all dey best
  • Always Be Prepared (17/07/2013, 08:54) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow this affirms that one must always be prepared for when opportunity comes knocking. Congrats and best wishes Thea.
  • Albion (17/07/2013, 08:58) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    in the BVI every day a star is born
  • ALL THE BEST :) (17/07/2013, 09:06) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a big step in your music career young lady....learn as much as you can this is an experience of a lifetime, i've known folks trying to get into this camp (take advantage) and remember to put GOD first in your days away from home, pray and have faith :), young people doing big things, in music, track, sports just loving it!! :)
  • Drummer Boy! (17/07/2013, 09:31) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats!! CAnt wait for you to be official so we could start the band lol. Never give up music!
  • bvi (17/07/2013, 11:18) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Way to go Thea. This young lady is so talented, but looking at her, you would never guess. she is also one of the best softball pitchers in the BVI. She stays focused on the things she likes doing. Big up yourself T.
  • Nice (17/07/2013, 11:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats best wishes
  • tom cat (17/07/2013, 12:21) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another positive story
  • tlol (17/07/2013, 13:08) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    congrats from the A...Kudos to Divinty for paying it forward....
  • freejud (17/07/2013, 13:37) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Wow go girl. Set your goals high. Unlike your no gol uncle
  • virgin gorda (17/07/2013, 15:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so happy for her
  • the rock (17/07/2013, 21:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thea is one special young lady..very repectfull and appreciative..she is one of my past students in softball and one of the few that still shows respect..because of that good things will always come to her..congrats on this archievement!
  • splash band (18/07/2013, 00:02) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    wishing you all the best Thea
  • mother hen (18/07/2013, 00:05) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
    Good showing Deloris and Myron but we the voters would like to let you know we still voting you both out next time!!
  • yeah!! (18/07/2013, 06:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats and good luck on your trip cuz I know your mom "Drummer Girl" and family are so proud of you and how your growing into a positive young lady.
  • DaddyPitt (18/07/2013, 07:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This trip is a positive move, we need more activity like this for young upcoming musicians to keep them motivated.
  • sexxysam (18/07/2013, 14:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thea aunty is so happy for you, go girl and do your best.
  • wheatley clan (18/07/2013, 14:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations to you young cos i know if granny was alive today she would be so proud of you. Keep up the good works.

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