Bankie Banx performing with son Omari.
ANGUILLA–Anguilla’s singing legend Bankie Banx headlined the Anguilla Retired Persons Association’s (ARPA’s) benefit concert at the Rodney McArthur Rey Auditorium, on Saturday evening, October 27. ARPA president, Reverend E. Dunston Richardson said Anguilla’s month-long celebration of senior citizens had been filled with many successful activities and celebrations.
Bankie serenaded the crowd with a wide assortment of his well-known ballads, beginning with a song that he wrote immediately following the passage of Hurricane Irma. Although the storm devastated his iconic Dune Preserve enterprise on Rendezvous Bay, his gratitude for his spared life and determination to move on are captured in the lyrics, “It Ain’t Easy But It’s Alright, It Ain’t Easy but We Made it Through the Night.”
A talented and versatile musician, Bankie played both guitar and harmonica simultaneously throughout the evening, creating haunting and soulful melodies while singing a variety of thought-provoking songs. He delighted the crowd by inviting Anguilla’s reigning 2018 calypsonian, King Springer as well as his son, Omari to sing with him on stage.
Mistress of Ceremonies, Linda Banks thanked the audience for their attendance, mentioning that they could experience more of Bankie’s music in March 2019 at the Annual Moonsplash Event.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/82126-bankie-and-his-son-omari-perform-for-senior-citizens