Rebel, Ifrica headlines ALD concert
The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation will stage the fifth annual African Liberation Day, (ALD) today at St William Grant Park.
Queen Africa and Tony Rebel will headline the event, and other featured artistes are Chezidek, Bushman, Charley B, Davianah, Veratile Ruth, ELAD and many more. Mutabaruka is on board as the master of ceremonies. A fashion show will also be staged by employees of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC), outfits will be provided by Africana House. Exhibits will be on show at
3 p.m., and the live concert begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free.
"ALD is a very important day on our calendar, reminding us of our rich history and the merging of the two cultures, Jamaica and Africa. It's for this reason we place such great emphasis on this event. I am therefore inviting all to come out on to help us celebrate our African Heritage," Mayor of Kingston Senator Dr Angela Brown Burke said.
On May 25, 1963, leaders of 32 independent African States met to form the Organisation of African Unity. By then, more than two thirds of the continent had achieved independence from colonial rule.
At this historic meeting the date of Africa Freedom Day was changed from April 15 to May 25, and was declared African Liberation Day. ALD has been recognised on May 25 in every corner of the world since.