Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise donates books

November 24, 2017
Reggae star Kabaka Pyramid with students of Ocho Rios Primary.

The recently concluded Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise donated approximately 700 books to the Jamaica Library Service, for the third year in a row.

Cruisers were asked to take along with them books for donation on the weeklong cruise, which began on Monday, November 13, when it left Fort Lauderdale and headed to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, where the books were donated to the Ocho Rios branch of the Jamaica Library Service (JLS).

Pleased to make the presentation was reggae artiste Kabaka Pyramid who was delighted to be greeted by students of the Millford Basic, Ocho Rios Primary and Infant and St John's Preparatory schools.

JLS region three director Merlene Walker said the organisation was grateful for the generous donations of children's books to the Ocho Rios Branch Library.

"The JLS welcomes donation of this nature as there is always a need, and donations like this assist us in fulfilling our mission of enabling national development through the development of a knowledge-based society of culturally aware, lifelong learners through the provision of universal access to information," she said.

 

Dancehall's finest

 

From the Ocho Rios dock, the Royal Caribbean International Independence of the Seas ship left for Montego Bay where it departed on Thursday, November 16. The five day, five night cruise returned to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, November 18.

Led by Damian Marley, the cruise this year featured performances from some of reggae and dancehall's finest, including Stephen 'Ragga' Marley, Luciano, Big Youth, Freddie McGregor, Cocoa Tea, Busy Signal, Popcaan, Tony Matterhorn, Spice, Stone Love, and King Jammy.

The 2018 cruise will take place on Saturday, December 1 through to Thursday, December 6, and will make its second stop in Falmouth, Jamaica.

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