Mobay Jerk Festival to honour Tainos, Maroons
MONTEGO BAY, St James — The fifth staging of the LIME Montego Bay Jerk Festival, scheduled for the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre on Emancipation Day, August 1, 2014, will pay tribute to Jamaica's indigenous Taino and Maroon cultures.
Colonel Charles Lumsden of the Charles Town Maroons will sound the abeng to signal the start of the festival and will preside over a traditional Maroon ceremonial blessing. He will be joined by newly installed paramount Chieftess Gaamand Gloria Simms in the offering of libations.
In terms of entertainment, sensational Montegonian crooner Miguel Antonio will share the stage with top flight performers such as Romaine Virgo, Popcaan and Rhyme Minista during an evening concert. During the day, patrons will also be entertained by a celebrity chef cook-off which will feature Montegonians Sharon Fflokes Abrahams, minister of state in the ministry of industry and commerce; Edmund Bartlett, MP for East Central St James; Paula Kerr-Jarrett, attorney-at-law, and Robert Russell of Summerfest Promotions.
At last week's press launch held at RIU Hotel Montego Bay, MP for Central St James Lloyd B Smith commended the festival's producers, John and Kamilah Lindo for their "tenacity and perseverance in producing a family-based calendar event of substance in Montego Bay".
He also urged sponsors to return next year in a show of support for "true black entrepreneurism".
"We here in Montego Bay are known to be pioneers...We need to give John and Kamilah all the support we can get," he said.
Also during the launch, one of the spnsoring orgnaisations, the Jamica Public Service presented four bursaries to GSAT students.
Meanwhile, Stephen Miller, LIME's sponsorship and events manager pledged free LIME $100 phone cards to the first 7,000 patrons who arrive at the jerk festival. He added that there will be special rates on smart phones and other LIME products that will be on sale during the event.