Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry among nom­i­nees for Caribbean Hall of Fame

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Kim­ber­ley Small Gleaner Writer en­ter­tain­ment@glean­erjm.com

FROM A se­lec­tion process that be­gan as early as May 2016, The Caribbean De­vel­op­ment for the Arts, Sports and Cul­ture Foun­da­tion will host the 13th stag­ing of the Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards on Fri­day, Novem­ber 25, 2016, at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel.

Es­tab­lished in 1989, the foun­da­tion and its awards cer­e­mony is de­signed to cel­e­brate Caribbean cre­ations, feats of ex­cel­lence, and in­ter­na­tional impact.

“Our main aims are to su­per­vise and aid the cre­ative abil­ity of our West In­dian peo­ple,” said ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the foun­da­tion Gar­nett Reid.

Da­ley, chair­man of the foun­da­tion, in her ad­dress dur­ing a re­cent me­dia launch, said that the awards were formed to hon­our out­stand­ing Caribbean per­son­al­i­ties who have dis­played ex­cel­lence in their per­for­mance in sports, arts, and cul­ture.

“We are the only or­gan­i­sa­tion in the Caribbean that seeks to do this, and we will con­tinue to do it in the future,” she said.


“Is there an area of hu­man en­deav­our in which we have not ex­celled?” asked Amina Black­woodMeeks, mas­ter of cer­e­monies, dur­ing the launch of the 13th stag­ing of the Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards. “That con­fers on us a spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

The foun­da­tion in­vited nom­i­na­tions from coun­tries within the Caribbean Com­mu­nity by way of one-page pro­files that clearly de­fine a per­son or group’s ac­com­plish­ments and in­flu­ence on their com­mu­ni­ties on a national, re­gional, and ul­ti­mately, at an in­ter­na­tional level. Over 70 nom­i­na­tions were sub­mit­ted dur­ing this year’s se­lec­tion process and the nom­i­nees span ar­eas of the per­for­mance arts, vis­ual art and lit­er­ary art. “We have been able to sat­isfy a wide cross sec­tion of the pop­u­la­tion,” said Reid. Nom­i­nees for this year’s stag­ing of the Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards in­clude, un­der the cat­e­gory of Per­for­mance Arts: Beres Ham­mond, Shaggy, Ri­hanna, Nicki Mi­naj, Lu­ciano, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Tes­sanne Chin, Mavado, I-Oc­tane, Ziggy Mar­ley, and Ele­phant Man. Un­der the cat­e­gory of sports, nom­i­nees in­clude Yo­hann Blake, Elaine Thomp­son, Omar McLeod, Alia Atkin­son, Brian Lara, and Chris Gayle. “This is the 13th year of cel­e­brat­ing the gift of ge­nius, of cre­ative ex­pres­sion and per­se­ver­ance in en­deav­ours of our Caribbean peo­ple,” said Dr Jean Small, head of the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee. Black­wood-Meeks also said that this year’s cel­e­bra­tion will be made ex­tra spe­cial with the in­clu­sion of a sou­venir mag­a­zine called Per­son­al­i­ties of the Caribbean Hall of Fame. “The book will cap­ture over 400 in­di­vid­u­als who have been in­ducted into the Caribbean Hall of Fame since 1989,” Reid said.

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry


Beres Ham­mond

Joseph (played by Volier Johnson) and Betty (Deon Sil­vera) in ‘Ring Games’.

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