Ikaya for Cornwall College celebrations
One of the island's most versatile artistes, Kadian 'Ikaya' Blair, is set to rock the ballroom of the Signature Grande Hotel in Davie, Florida, Saturday, November 5, at the Cornwall College South Florida Alumni Association annual dinner dance.
Now in its 22nd year, the dinner dance is the staple event for the male-dominated organisation, which raises funds and sponsors students and programmes at the 120-year-old Montego Bay-based high school.
Ikaya, a songwriter who is renowned for her flexibility as a reggae, dancehall and R&B singer, shares the spotlight with Eric 'Monty' Morris, considered a founding father of Jamaica's pop culture.
Ikaya, whose latest chart-topping single, Ain't Giving Up, and who has a younger contemporary audience paying her a lot of attention, will be complemented by Monty, who is expected to bring his 1960s 'swag' to the stage with mega-hits like Sammy Dead Oh, Oil In my Lamp and Humpty Dumpty.
Elated with the combination, president of the alumni association, Egbert Clarke, said this year's programme will embrace aspects of the past, the present, and the future.
"One hundred and twenty years of sterling contribution to secondary education in Jamaica is worth a celebration. We are proud of our history, and we love our school, Cornwall College, so our reunion weekend will be special," said the 1977 graduate.
He added that the annual reunion, which has grown over the years into one of South Florida's must-do socials, will this year take on added significance as the school boast 120 years of outstanding contribution to education and national development.
Saturday night's (November 5), formal affair is book-ended by a welcome reception (Meet 'n' Greet) for out-of-towners at the popular Entertainment Center, Lauderhill, on Friday, November 4, and a So Long, Farewell' brunch, at the Central Broward Regional Park, also in Lauderhill, on Sunday, November 6.