Bronx, U.S.A - With more mature Jamaicans in the New York area having limited access to venues that are more inclusive than musical performances to recognize Jamaica's 50th, the organizers of the Oliver Samuels Jamaica 50 NY Festival have come up with what will be seen as a solution. The idea of this celebration explains Oliver is to put together a show that will blend old and new. To not allow the older generation to feel left out of the celebrations because they are in the USA and to help the younger generation re-connect with our rich history in all areas and not just music. I think with this show we achieved that.
Oliver teams up with actress Andrea DELCITA Wright to bring together an all-star cast for The Oliver Samuels Jamaica 50 NY Festival. This is the first time this talented duo will be sharing the same stage.
The event will be held at Roberto Clemente State Park, located at 301 West Tremont Avenue, Bronx NY 10453, on August 4, 2012. Gates open at 11AM until 7PM. Everyone is encouraged to wear their Jamaican colors and of course to be in possession of your flags.
The venue reflects, musical and culture performers, VIP guest speakers, sport figures, and will recognize the contributions of Jamaicans in several areas over the last 50 years.
Some of the participants will include: Trench Town Ska era group-The WAILING SOULS and the MELODIANS, legendary crooner-DOBBY DOBSON, 3x Olympian-DEVON HARRIS, former USA professional basketball player and current assistant coach of the Jamaican women’s basketball team SIMONE EDWARDS, recording Executive ANDREA ANMOUR, the GEORGE WESLEY Band, the 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, HUMBLETON, singer LEIGHTON MILLER, HUMBLETON and many more.
Be prepared to hear great renditions of the national anthem, pledge and if you are a fan of Dennis Brown and Bob Marley you will certainly enjoy a special tribute and performance that will honor their legacy.
The program also includes a gospel performance by the male A Capella Gospel group, VOICE and opening remarks and prayer by Rev. Dr. Agorom Dike, Chair: Caribbean Faith Based Leadership Advisory Council.
With successful performances at The Consulate 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 performances of Ms. Lou then you are in for a special treat from Braata Folk Singers.
Award recipients will include Olympian Merlene Ottey - presented with Lifetime Achievement Award and honored as Jamaica's best athlete in 50 years, former Congresswoman and City Council member Una Clarke - recognized for her years of outstanding service to the Caribbean community (Award presented by Mt. Vernon City Council President Yuhanna Edwards), Oliver Samuels - recognized for his theater contributions, The Wailing Souls and 3x Olympian Devon Harris.
Come out with your family and enjoy, cultural workshops, speakers and performers from Jamaica, great foods, music, entertainment, craft vendors showcasing Jamaican merchandise, loodie and domino contests, traditional Jamaican foods and more, all while re-connecting with Jamaican culture and history.
This event is made possible by sponsors: LIME – formerly Cable & Wireless, PalmTree Marketplace located at - 3717 Boston Road, Bronx NY, EveryTing Jamaica, located at -400 East Gun Hill Road and Dennis Shipping.