November 1, 2010

New CD: Hail to Jamaica by Malachi Smith


4-M Productions, under the distinguished patronage of Jamaica’s Consul General Mrs. Sandra Grant-Griffiths, invites the South Florida community to the historic launch of dub poet, actor, and lawman, Malachi Smith’s patriotic CD collection Hail to Jamaica launch on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Family Church Hall, 18501 NW 7th Avenue, Miami Gardens. Father Easton Lee, C.D., Geoffrey Philp, and The Jamaica Folk Revue will make guest appearances. Dr. Heather Russell of FIU will be the emcee.

The CD features several of Malachi’s award winning poems written about Jamaica: "My Jamaican Tongue", "Change of Heart", "Expiration", and Jamaican favorites: "Miss My Jamaican Christmas", "Going Home for Christmas", "Miss Yuh Jamaica Gal", and "Heaven Nuh Sweet like Jamaica Sah".  

Malachi’s son, Marlon Smith, (60 Cal), who most recently worked on several tracks on Reggae’s rising star Gyptian's new CD/album, is the project engineer, and Jimmy Starr of Hide Away Studios is the mastering engineer. Liner notes are by Professor Geoffrey Philp. The CD will be distributed by Lion Gates Audio and Visual Works and online by CD Baby, iTunes, Rhapsody, AmazonMP3 and other online stores.

Malachi has won many awards for his writings including Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) 2009 Most Outstanding Writer award, and he was also a nominee for IRAWMA 2009 Most Outstanding Poet award. A James Michener Fellow at University of Miami, Malachi studied poetry under Lorna Goodison and playwriting under Fred D’Aguiar. He holds a B.Sc. and MSCJ degrees from Florida International University (FIU). An alumnus of Miami Dade College and Jamaica School of Drama, Malachi attended White Marl Elementary School, Kingston Technical High School and St. George’s College Extension High School in Jamaica.

Malachi, who is married and has two sons, presently works for Miami-Dade Police Department as a Field Training Officer (FTO) at Station II. 

“Hail to Jamaica” is the ultimate gift for all Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica.

Admission is free.

Hail to Jamaica
6:00 p.m.
November 9, 2010,
Holy Family Church Hall, 
18501 NW 7th Avenue, 
Miami Gardens, Florida

Contact: Malachi (305) 302-5365 or


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