All-star line-up Heroes' Day show

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2012    

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AN all-star line-up of local artistes is being assembled for a National Heroes' Day tribute to Jamaica's athletes at this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

The event, under the theme Jamaica's Musical History Honouring our Olympic Journey, is scheduled for the National Arena in St Andrew on Monday.

It will trace the country's Olympic achievements from 1948 to the present, as well as the development of Jamaican music.

Ricardo 'Ricky' Chin, producer for the show, says a band featuring some of Jamaica's top musicians is being assembled by veterans Michael 'Ibo' Cooper and Dean Fraser to guide the musical aspect.

"Ibo and Dean are putting together a special piece to track the musical influences prior to 1962 and culminating with Millie Small's My Boy Lollipop in that same year," he says.

There will be performances by Marcia Griffiths, Freddie McGregor, George Nooks, Leroy Sibbles, Sandra Brooks, Alaine, Chris Martin, I-Octane, Konshens and Beenie Man.

"Each artiste will perform their own songs during a six-minute-set with some of the music specially arranged for the event by Ibo and Dean," Chin says.

There is also a performance of University of Technology's choir when the athletes' procession is entering the arena.

"We are using all Jamaican music -- a medley of tracks including Rise Up and Marley's One Love to give a more Jamaican feel to the event," says Chin.

Dancers from the Dance Theatre Xaymaca troupe, will add their flair to the event.

During the three-hour event, the athletes will be presented with cash awards.

The show will climax a weekend of activities to honour the athletes. It will be broadcast on large screens in Half-Way-Tree, and Montego Bay.



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