'Greats' to be lauded on July 28

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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COME July 28, a slew of individuals from the entertainment circuit will be honoured at the 21st annual Tribute to the Greats.

The event, organised by entertainment insider Kingsley “King Omar” Goodison, seeks to recognise persons who have been the bedrock of the industry, who contributed to the burgeoning of the Jamaican music sound as well as those who continue to have an impact.

This year's list of awardees includes singer Mary Isaacs; Frankie Campbell, long-time member of Fab 5 and conceptualiser of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA); bass player Earl “Bagga” Walker; singer Eric “Monty” Morris; The Folkes Brothers; Garth Whyte; Derrick Stewart; broadcaster Roy Black; John McCarthy; Norman Hughes; Errol McGowan; and veteran deejay Lone Ranger.

The event is set for Curphey Place in St Andrew, starting at 7:00 pm.

Speaking at the launch on Tuesday evening, CEO, COK Sodality Credit Union Ambassador Aloun Ndombet Assamba encouraged members of the entertainment fraternity to take care of their financial matters, especially as they relate to a pension and policies relating to the expenses surrounding death and burial.

“Many entertainers, musicians, artistes they are earning and do not think about what happens later on in life; they do not have any pension arrangements. No money is put down for later,” said the former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “It is a concern to me because in Jamaica the research has shown that about only about 10 per cent of our working population has pension arrangements. And I wonder how many entertainers are contributing to the NIS (National Insurance Scheme). Granted, what you get on a two-week basis is not a lot of money but, believe me, it can pay your water rate, and if you're not using too much electricity it can pay that bill.”

For Assamba, there are still too many cases in whichfunds have to be collected to bury popular entertainers who made money in their heyday.

“I have had the experience with persons who, plenty money pass through dem hand, probably not regularly, but at some point and then when they are not able to work there is nothing to come in. So I'm saying, make provisions for a pension. Too many times I hear of entertainers who have died and people have to pass around a hat in order to help to bury them. All of us are going to die; it makes no sense for us to behave as if it's not going to happen. This and the matter of the pension are two areas that our entertainers are not making provisions for,” she added.

— Richard Johnson

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