JAMMING at Jamaican High Commission
Bob Marley’s birthday is 6th February and each year the Jamaican High Commission holds Reggae Month. This year’s theme was “Women in Music”.
The evening began with the Jamaica National Anthem. Vivienne Siva introduced HE Seth George Ramocan who set the record straight about the events that happened on Monday 4th February. A Press Release was issued on 6th February and the work that the High Commission does for its people.
He talked about Jamaica, and Reggae. He recalled the One Love concert when Bob Marley got the two political leaders Edward Seaga and Michael Manley on stage and put their hands together in unity.
This year UNESCO has added Reggae to the Cultural Heritage List.
He talked about famous women in reggae e.g. Marcia Griffiths and Millie Small to name just two.
The evening then continued with a panel of Women in Music
- Sista Culture, Radio Presenter aka Donna More whose mentor was Ranking Ms P.
- DJ Cameo aka Melissa Sinclair
- Carroll Thompson, Queen of Lovers Rock
Facilitated by Lynda Rosenior-Patten, Founder and CEO Maestro 7 CIC
Each panel member gave a short presentation about their career and this was followed by a question and answer session.
The panel have over the years been involved in radio, DJ, newspapers Black Echoes, and magazines Gargamel etc
Carroll suggested that young people who were interested in the music industry should learn to play a classic instrument, she herself plays the piano.
There was a Vote of Thanks to the Panel, HE and his wife, DHC, Grace Foods and Port Royal and the Jamaican High Commission Staff. The evening ended with Carroll Thompson singing three songs: Hopelessly in Love and two from Phyllis Dillon: Win or lose and Don’t stay away.
Light refreshments were available while people networked.