Rebel Salute 2017 makes US foray
TONY REBEL and his team, with the support of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), for the first time brought a taste of Rebel Salute to New York City recently. The Milk River Restaurant and Lounge hosted the short but informative programme, at which there were greetings by newly installed Jamaican Consul General to New York Trudy Deans.
Staying true to its roots of community development, Maxsalia Salmon, secretary of the Rebel Salute Foundation, highlighted Rebel Salute’s commitment to education with its partnership with the Marcus Garvey Technical High School in St Ann. Full scholarships are provided to two students each year in order to facilitate their educational aspirations. Beyond Tony Rebel (left) and Kay Chung, representative of Caribbean Airlines, who spoke at the Rebel Salute 2017 launch in Florida, USA, held at Club Euro in Fort Lauderdale. Trudy Deans
that, the foundation’s aim is to assist with musical education for several schools in St Ann and the Corporate Area.
Tony Rebel’s daughter and Rebel Salute director, attorneyat-law Jahyudah Barrett, spoke about the event’s inception in 1994 at Fayor’s Entertainment Complex in Mandeville as her father’s birthday celebration Queen Ifrica with a difference to a two-day festival on the verge of celebrating its 24th consecutive staging. She spoke passionately about Rebel Salute features, such as the numerous food options, arts village camping and the new star feature, the Herb Curb.
“It isn’t just a question of New York. We have launched in Florida for the past three years. Our numbers shows that over 30 per cent of our patrons are from overseas and we would like to increase that number. So by showcasing our piece of Brand Jamaica, it is our hope that the message of safe, good and clean ‘edutainment’ will translate to the diaspora as well as music lovers on a whole. We take seriously our position in the marketplace as well as our mantra, the preservation of Reggae,” explained Jahyudah.
Adding to the excitement, there were performances by Ras Shiloh, Bushman and Patrick ‘Tony Rebel’ Barrett, giving a sneak peek of what will take place at Grizzlys Plantation Cove come January 13th and 14th.
In a separate event, Queen Ifrica gave a preview of her album, Climb.
Intoxicated Overdose is at O’Neil’s Place, 33 Hagley Park Road (on the roof). Music by Snipa International. Adm: Females $500, Males $800 pre-sold, $1,000 at the gate.
S.F.C Crew Promotion, in association with Charmaine and Soupy, present Bubble Gal a Bubble, luncheon and after party at Echo Night Club, Buff Bay. Menu: oxtail, curried goat, cow head, tripe and bean, fried and barbequed chicken, escoveitched and steamed fish, and stewed pork. $700 for oxtail and fish, $500 for other meals.