Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange says that entry to this year's Emancipation Jubilee will be free of cost.

The announcement was made at the recent launch of the event at Jewels Paradise Cove in Runaway Bay, St Ann.

The annual Emancipation Jubilee celebration, organised by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) takes place on July 31 at the Seville Heritage Park in St Ann.

Minister Grange said that Emancipation Jubilee "allows us to celebrate a culture that is distinctly ours - Jamaican, but influenced largely by what is distinctly African - that survived the years of enslavement - a success that we owe to our ancestors who in their own relentless ways ensured that what was culturally endemic to them remained intact in a society that was alien to them."

"We are happy to say that this year Emancipation Jubilee is free. It won't cost you a penny," Grange said.

She explained that tickets will be printed for crowd-control purposes.

Beres Hammond tours North America

Legendary reggae singer Beres Hammond has embarked on his Take Time to Love North American tour. Known for his smooth, soulful style, Beres returns to the North America with a full band presentation to keep fans rocking all summer long.

The 19-city tour will showcase new arrangements of fan favourites and international hits spanning his musical career. Hammond grew up listening to American soul and pop music from the likes of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, which formed the foundation for his iconic lover's rock reggae sound. From topping Billboard Reggae Charts to earning a Grammy nomination for his hit album One Love, One Life in 2014, there are no signs of him stopping anytime soon.

Joining Hammond on select stops will be reggae songstress Marcia Griffiths. Concert goers will also be able to enjoy live sets from The Harmony House Musicians and DJ Inferno. The tour began on Tuesday July 11, in New Haven, Connecticut, running through to the north-east and Canada, and will be ending in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, on August 6th.

Singphony returns to Sxots Kirk

The Sanctuary of the St Andrew's Scots Kirk United Church will resound with the sound of melodious voices and instruments, as its musical presentation, Singphony returns on Sunday, July 23. It begins at 4:00 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m.

Named Singphony # 35 - Redemption Song, the musical production will be a festival of Caribbean music celebrating the rhythms and culture of our indigenous experience.

Singphony #35, like those that have gone before, will provide another opportunity to bring people together to celebrate our oneness as a people and to join our voices in song and music.

In keeping with the celebration of Jamaica's 55th year of Independence and the Caribbean theme, everyone is asked to wear national colours.


Mobile sounds maek Beach Flexx


Beach Flexx is held every last Sunday at Fort Clarence Beach St Catherine, by Mobile Sounds Ja, which was founded by Xavier Parker.

The music is provided by Metro Exclusive Mobile Sound system, which is quite impressive and is operated By sound tech Patrick Mittoo (Ja Kustoms). The event is partly sponsored by Quality Equipment Distributors.

Its purpose is to not only bring awareness to the mobile sound industry in Jamaica, but to create a fun vibe where persons can come out and relax on the beach while being entertained. The sound clash showcases the talent we have in this small but growing industry.

The clash has three segments, namely Clarity, Dubplate and .45. The clarity round seeks to showcase the overall quality of audio that a mobile sound can deliver, the Dubplate and .45 rounds have proven to be the most entertaining. In these rounds, the sounds face off in a tune-for-tune segment and the crowd is the judge.


Sasco on Open Remix


Dead Prez's M-1 and Italian producer Bonnot's Open Remix features Jamaican dancehal/reggae artists Assassin aka Agent Sasco and Irie Child.

Rach artiste brings a different element to the remix, .The connection between hip hop and reggae has always been powerful.

"I am excited about this song coming to the world in this form and fashion," M-1 said.

We decided we wanted a vibes to exist in the dancehall to make you dance. I wanted to tell a story, reggae's tradition culturally about revolution and resistance. It has always been the main thing of what I speak about in my music," explained M1.

M-1 and Bonnot produced the entire album, including the original track for Open and the Open G-Mix. This is is not their first production in reggae. They have worked with Heavy Hammer Sound for original tracks and dubs.

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