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Lymie Mur­ray month for the school’s Her­itage Week ac­tiv­i­ties.

It was the end of a ‘Septem­ber to Re­mem­ber’ se­ries of the stops for the Con­scious Reg­gae Party School Tour. It was launched early in the month at the Roots FM Back-to-School Road Show on Ma­hoe Drive, with Likkle Ey­eeece, Monifa Goss (Ris­ing Stars run­ner-up and Con­scious Reg­gae Party youth am­bas­sador), Kay­deno and Zion I per­form­ing. The se­ries has stopped at the YWCA in Span­ish Town, St Cather­ine, Lit­tle An­gels Learn­ing Cen­tre at Mus­tard Seed and the Gen­e­sis Academy.

Miller said the ‘Septem­ber to Re­mem­ber’ theme, which is sub­ti­tled ‘No Bleach­ing, More Teach­ing’, was cho­sen com­ing out of last month’s fo­cus on ‘Au­gus for Mar­cus’. “We re­alised that stu­dents in schools we went to had this is­sue with bleach­ing and self-es­teem,” Miller said. Plus, it was no­tice­able on the streets of the com­mu­ni­ties they went through.

The se­ries con­tin­ues un­til Novem­ber. Among the in­sti­tu­tions at which the tour will stop are the Haile Se­lassie High School, the Univer­sity of the West Indies, Mona, the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Ja­maica, and Sankofa in St Thomas.

Lymie Mur­ray and Asante Amen are slated to be added to the ros­ter of per­form­ers. In ad­di­tion, Miller said Ne­beth, Mikey Gen­eral and Lu­ciano have done the Con­scious Reg­gae Party School Tour be­fore and have ex­pressed an in­ter­est in do­ing it again.


Ex­plain­ing the tour’s gen­e­sis, Miller said “the Con­scious Reg­gae Party started about seven years ago. The tour emerged from the party. We wanted to get into schools and have an im­pact on the youth”.

“We al­ways go in with con­scious artistes and we al­ways have a reg­gae­lu­tioonary speaker,” she said. In ad­di­tion to the vis­it­ing per­form­ers, Miller said tal­ented per­form­ers at the in­sti­tu­tions are al­ways in­cluded, not­ing that the YWCA’s artistes dur­ing the tour stop there.

The tour goes up to early Novem­ber, when a Con­scious Reg­gae Party will be held at Nanook as a re­cep­tion event for the 2016 Ja­maica Mu­sic Con­fer­ence.


Asante Amen

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