June 12, 2012

Jamaica 50th Independence Celebration; New York

There is no better way for Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica in New York to celebrate Jamaica’s 50th year of independence, than to reconnect with the greatness and world-renowned culture of our island with Oliver Samuels and friends on August 4.

Get Ready. On Saturday, August 4, 2012, to celebrate Jamaica's 50th Independence, Oliver Samuels, will make a special appearance with Andrea "DELCITA" Wright, at Roberto Clemente State Park, in Bronx,  New York. Gates open at 11am until 7pm. 

The cool summer breeze from the Harlem River makes this park the perfect event to be at on August 4th. Known for playing the stage character DELCITA, Andrea is easily recognized as one of Jamaica’s fastest rising stars. This will be the first time this talented duo will be sharing the same stage.

Speakers and performers will include, HOST - Oliver Samuels; Trench Town Ska era group, The Wailing Souls; legendary crooner, Dobby Dobson; 3x Olympian, Devon Harris; former USA professional basketball player and current assistant coach of Jamaica’s women basketball team, Simone Edwards; recording executive to the stars, Andrea Anmour; The George Wesley Band; winner of California's Best Male Vocalist competition, Faraji Bryan; the performer with the most nominations (6) at the Annual Washington DC Reggae Music Awards,Ruth Ann Brown, and many more.

Be prepared to hear great renditions of the national anthem, pledge and other national and heritage songs by former President of the University of the West Indies Chorale-Classical singer, Tina Simone.

With successful performances at the Consulate General of Jamaica in New York, City Hall, Bronx Borough Hall, the World famous Braata Folk Singers will be showcasing Jamaican folk music and songs. The group utilizes music, dance and drama to deliver a combination of high-energy performances, folk ballads and traditional Jamaican folk songs. If you loved the performance of Miss Lou, then you are in for a special treat from Braata Folk Singers.

Award recipients will include Olympian, Merlene Ottey, Lifetime Achievement Award and honored as Jamaica's best athlete in 50 years; former City Council member, Una Clarke, for her years of outstanding service to the Caribbean community (award presented by Mt. Vernon City Council President Yuhanna Edwards); Oliver Samuels, for his theater contributions, The Wailing Souls, and 3x Olympian Devon Harris.

If you are a fan of Dennis Brown and Bob Marley, you will certainly enjoy a special tribute and performance honoring their legacy.

Come out with your family and enjoy cultural workshops, speakers and performers from Jamaica, great food, music, entertainment, craft vendors showcasing Jamaican merchandise, loodie and domino contest, traditional Jamaican foods and more that will reconnect us with Jamaican culture and history.

The Jamaican Community in New York will all be at this memorable event to celebrate the island's 50th Independence. To attend tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. 

For more information on tickets call 914-384-9554, or visit our website:  http://www.jamaica50anniversary.com/Venue_Jamaica_Independence_Celebration.html

Happy Jamaica 50th.


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