T&T celebrates its 50th Independence in 2012. So too does Jamaica. A number of commemorative events are earmarked to be staged for the prestigious milestone in both nations’ history. Recently, Jamaican musicians came together to create and package the official 50th Independence song—a track called, On A Mission. Shaggy, Assassin, Beres Hammond, Taurus Riley, Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, Romain Virgo, Chevelle Franklyn, Wayne Marshall, Tifa and Tessanne Chin are all featured in the historic production.
A ‘documentary’ to be presented
Jamaica has been preparing for the August 6 event, and like T&T, has created a website to highlight the plans, on the Web site, www.jamaica50.ca
. The island, which is home to reggae and dancehall music, will showcase something called Jamaican Rhythms on June 28. The showcase will provide information in what is dubbed a ‘documentary’, which details the history of music and dance in Jamaica between 1962 and 2012. The ’60s will focus on The Iconic Fab 5 Band in a tribute to SKA; the ’70s will honour John Holt; the ’80s will pay homage to Marcia Griffiths; the ’90s will focus on Yellow Man; the year 2000 will capture the essence of Grammy award winner Maxi Priest; 2010 will focus on dancehall impresario and Grammy award recipient, Beenie Man and the 2012 will honour 2012 Juno nominees, Jay Douglas, Steele, Exco Levi backed by Mountain Edge.
This country’s Independence celebration is also high on the agenda. On the local Web site, some of the events planned include a film screening of nationhood and identity on July 19, the Community and National Diverse—TT relay festivals on July 21 and the launch of a pictorial exhibition on August 8.