Jamaica Independence Concert

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On August 6, 1962, the Caribbean island of Jamaica declared its independence from England; given America’s own successful schism from the same country, Philly is a more than appropriate site to host a festive party to celebrate that nation’s freedom. The Jamaica Pennsylvania Association, with Black Music Promotions, is set to present the largest Jamaican independence soiree our state has to offer, and it won’t be your average tailgating party in the park, either: A guaranteed cultural explosion is in store, offering everything from mouth-watering traditional foods, vendors up the wazoo, and, of course, fantastic live music.

Headlining the event to celebrate her illustrious 50 years in the music industry will be reggae queen Marcia Griffiths, the former I-Threes member famed for her collaboration with Bob Marley and the Wailers and her widely-loved re-recording of Bunny Wailers’ “Electric Boogie.” True trailblazers Black Uhuru, considered the ambassadors of reggae for being the first group to win an Emmy in the genre, has been bringing down houses around the world for over three decades. Other island sensations like Half Pint, I-Wayne, Mighty Sparrow, Wayne Wonder and Roy Rayan are scheduled to sizzle onstage, too, all backed by the Inner Roots Band.

Don’t forget the games and prizes woven into the proceedings: There’s a chance to win a free trip for two to Jamaica and much more. Kids 16 and under get in free, making this a memorable party for the whole family. // KENNEDY ALLEN

11:30am. Free-$40, Memorial Hall Field, 4231 Avenue of the Republic. 267.592.2426. jamaicapennsylvaniaassociation.com
 

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WHEN
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

TIME & PRICE
- Price: Unknown

WHERE
4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 08/09/2014. .

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