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December 24, 2013
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Rebel salute does big things in st Ann
Mel Cooke, Star Writer

Promoter and artiste Tony Rebel performs at the Organic Heart Group of Companies' Rebel Salute 2014 Launch, at Countryside, Courtney Walsh Drive, St Andrew, on Thursday night. - Winston Sill

After moving to Priory, St Ann, for its 2013 staging, ahead of the 2014 edition on January 17 and 18 Rebel Salute seems to be establishing a foundation in the parish.

And if remarks by president of the St Ann Chamber of Commerce, Oral Heaven, at last Thursday's launch are anything to go by, that foundation could be formalised at the highest level of the parish's economic organisation. "We look forward to Organic Heart conducting more events in the parish and becoming a part of the Chamber," Heaven said, referring to the formalised set-up for consistent self-sufficiency practised by Rebel Salute organisers, Flames Productions.

However, there is another foundation, the Rebel Salute Foundation, secretary Maxsalia Salmon giving some details to the large audience at Countryside, Half-Way Tree, St Andrew. Officially established on April 5 this year, Salmon described it as an avenue for "aspiring young persons to maximise their potential".

"The foundation is to formalise what we have done over the years," Salmon said.

The foundation's flagship effort is the Teach the Children Scholarship (named after a Tony Rebel song), awarded to two students of Marcus Garvey Technical High School in St Ann. Salmon said two new scholarships will be added each year, the funding coming from the Rebel Salute Festival. Its home is Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Priory, St Ann.

Still, foundation was involved in Thursday's launch - and will be central to the festival in January - in another sense. The event's theme is 'The Preservation of Reggae', and, before announcing the line-up so far, Tony Rebel (around whose birthday Rebel Salute is organised) spoke to the reason for the tagline. He said "people must remember you change to something, but you are changing from something". Noting that Tessanne Chin performed at Rebel Salute 2005, doing harmony for Jimmy Cliff, Rebel asked "when are we going to stop waiting to recognise great Jamaicans?"

The part of the culture that Rebel Salute is fighting to preserve, Tony Rebel said, is that which saw Jamaica speaking out against apartheid in song. So he described Rebel Salute as "that indigenous product (which) can shape the minds of the people at the beginning of the year".

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