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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.

The Cre­ative Cities Pro­gramme was cre­ated in 2004 as an ini­tia­tive to gather cities of di­verse re­gions, in­come lev­els, ca­pac­i­ties and pop­u­la­tions to work to­gether in the field of cre­ative in­dus­tries. The des­ig­na­tion recog­nises cities as parts of cre­ative hubs that pro­mote so­cioe­co­nomic and cul­tural devel­op­ment that con­nect cul­tur­ally di­verse com­mu­ni­ties to cre­ate healthy ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments. SFC Crew Pro­mo­tion, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Char­maine and Soupy, present Bub­ble Gal a Bub­ble, lun­cheon and after party at Echo Night Club, Port­land. Menu: ox­tail, cur­ried goat, cow head, tripe and bean, fried and bar­be­qued chicken, es­cov­itched and steamed fish and stewed pork. $700 for ox­tail and fish, $500 for other meals. Han­del and Horn present Uppa Level at Vinny Samp­son place, Cheap­side. Fea­tur­ing En­ergy Zone. Rae Town Jam­boree at Rae Town Foot­ball Field. Fea­tur­ing Gully Bop, Tur­bu­lence, Baby Tr­ish, Sta­cious and many oth­ers. All pro­ceeds go to­wards the Paradise Street Ba­sic School.


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