Night of the Chinese

Basil Walters

Monday, July 28, 2014

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Approximately 160 years after the first wave of Chinese arrived in Jamaica, the Chinese contribution to the country's popular music was recognised.

Eleven persons were honoured on Saturday evening at the Chinese Benevolent Association on Hope Road in St Andrew during the 17th Tribute to the Greats awards show.

In addition to the awardees, the ceremony highlighted the Chinese impact in various areas of the music industry including sound systems, record shops, recording studios, dance venues, nightclubs and radio stations.

The persons who comprised this select group were honoured as part of 'The Chinese Connection'.

The recipients were producers Leslie Kong, Justin Yap, the Hoo Kim brothers (Joseph, Ernest, Paul and Kenneth) of Channel One fame, Vincent and Patricia Chin of VP Records, musicians/arrangers/composers Geoffrey and Michael 'Mao' Chung, bandleader Ingrid Chin, and musician/arranger Phil Chen.

Carl Brady, a founding member of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, and bass player and Bob Marley confidante Aston 'Familyman' Barrett, were also honoured.

A framed citation, 'The Chinese Connection', was presented to the president of the Chinese Benevolent Association Dalton Yap, by 'Tribute' founder Kingsley Goodison.

"This is really a gratifying moment for me, seeing that a lot of people did not know of the Chinese contribution to the music," Goodison told the Jamaica Observer.

Following the ceremony, the large gathering was thrilled by performances from RAS Michael Jnr, Pam Hall, Phil Chen and Sonny Wong.

They were backed by Mikey Chung and the Rhythm Masters Band.





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