Rebel Salute 2017 makes US foray

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

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.

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