The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has announced that popular eclectic reggae band NoMaddz is representing Kingston at the World Music Festival in Hamamatsu, Japan, between November 2 and 6.
No-Maddz’s trod to Asia to participate in the festival is endorsed and facilitated by the ministry.
“We are proud to be participating in this cultural exchange programme and delighted that No-Maddz was selected to perform at the festival. Jamaica has a rich and pervasive musical culture, and it’s always great when our artistes, are given an opportunity to represent Brand Jamaica and to showcase their talent. We’re confident that NoMaddz will fly the Jamaican flag high and represent us well,” said Olivia Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport.
The World Music Festival will feature artistes from 12 UNESCO creative cities of music, including Kingston, sharing their unique genres globally while promoting cultural diversity and the limitless potential of
music to nurture social cohesion and intercultural dialogue.
Lead musician of No-Maddz, Sheldon Shepherd, said, “We are happy and honoured to represent Jamaica as cultural ambassadors and to share the music that unites us. To be selected to participate at the World Music Festival 2016 is indeed another special occasion where we get to share the music of Jamaica to the rest of the world. We hope to represent our musical city, Kingston, well.”
No-Maddz’s participation in the World Music Festival represents the third cultural exchange of Jamaican artistes this year by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. Peter Ashbourne, Duane Stephenson and the Ashes Band represented Kingston in Poland and veteran artiste Freddie McGregor represented Kingston in Columbia as part of the cultural exchange programme supported by UNESCO when the Jamaican capital became one of 18 creative cities of music.
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