Cultural performances add spice to jerk festival
Apart from great food, organisers of the seventh Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in New York plan to deliver a delectable array of performances. The entertainment will be in two sets, starting with a cultural stage, before the musical headliners close out the festival.
"Everybody loves jerk, everybody loves reggae and everybody loves Morgan Heritage, Alison Hinds, Konshens and Barrington Levy," said festival director Abdul Muhsin.
The event is slated for this Sunday at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.
Cultural stage coordinator Bridget Edwards is also excited about the performances she has scheduled.
"It's Jamaica's 55th year of independence, so we want to make it extra special and memorable for our patrons. With the theme 'Celebrating Jamaica 55', performances will be focused on various factors of Jamaican heritage and traditions," she said.
Beginning at 12:30 p.m., the cultural stage will be in full swing, with entertainers dishing out a high level of performances patrons have come to expect from this festival.
Singers will include rising stars Yoncia, Brooklyn-based Caribbean hip hop artiste Dylan, and Kinetic Afrique, a Queens-based performing arts dance company.
Comedian and storyteller Owen 'Blakka' Ellis will have everyone's attention with his humorous true to life stories reminiscent of a simpler time. The Braata Folk Singers will also perform.
The Lion Palm Twinnz will hit the stage with their original song Jerk Chicken and Sauce while, Jamaican folklorist Dr Sue, no stranger to the New York audience, will be there to grip the audience with her engaging storytelling and poetry. She will also engage writer Hyacinth Holder, who will share Jamaican proverbs from her book 'My Papa Used to Say'.