Frank Norville

Considering the social justice and political change in mind; working towards the need for the above in an active way is called cultural activism. These acts have direct impact on the society in a structured and organized way. It is the way by which the cultural organizing focuses on art and culture rather than the staging an issue as a campaign. The activists fight against the act of oppression through the community similarities like tradition and language. In this way, the issues are removed from the society. Cultural organizing helps in creating the change and it helps culture regain its value.

The need for a cultural activist arises when an action moves out of the track and there will be a serious cause behind it. The cause may be anything like world peace, opposition against a company, rights of women, and many more similar causes. The action may take up the form of canvassing, rallies, meetings in public, fasting and the like. Activism is a powerful tool that has played a key role putting a full stop to slavery, racism opposition, environment protection, worker welfare, fight for equality of women and many more. From the past to the present and to the future; activism takes some form or another in the political system. There are many types of activism. Have a peek at these cultural activists who made change in the community; Frank Norville is one among them.

Frank Norville is a photographer, actor, dancer and cultural activist, but what he is most known for is his work as a singer, musician and composer.  He has arranged and recorded a large repertoire of Saint Lucian folk music and is credited with preserving what might otherwise be lost.  He has written a booklet on the folk dances of Saint Lucia and in 1983 published Songs of St Lucia: ‘folk songs’, a comprehensive scoring of the island’s most popular folk music.

‘In the midst of the pervasive influence of North American, Trinidadian and Jamaican musical artforms transmitted via the electronic media, Frank has insisted and succeeded in retaining the Saint Lucian indigenous musical tradition, its richeness and variety which he conveys in his highly personalised and confident style of delivery when he sings, an aesthetic experience that lingers long in the memory.” – Jacques Compton, Foreword to Songs of St Lucia