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Music Legend Byron ‘Dragon’ Lee To Be Honored In NYC – Sunday, July 29th 2007, New York

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Caribbean music legend Byron Lee, leader of Jamaica’s best know band – Byron Lee and the Dragonaires – will be honored in New York at Yam Jam 2007 which takes place at Roy Wilkins Park, Queens on Sunday, July 29 th 2007.

Bobby Clarke, one of the principals of the event said, “In every musical genre, there is always one individual whose talent, foresight, vision and commitment is critical to the music’s growth. In the world of reggae and soca, such an individual is Byron Lee.”

Lee ‘s forte expands way beyond his involvement with reggae or soca music, as he has had a long association with ska, playing the role as producer, musician, bandleader and eventual business entrepreneur. He also dabbled in dancehall music and played a crucial role in taking Jamaican music to the world stage. Formed in 1956, the band’s big break came in the first James Bond film Dr. No, where they appeared in the scene at Pussfeller’s club and played a number of tunes on the soundtrack.

As successful as the band was, Lee was also having success as a promoter and owner of the Dynamic Sounds label, which was one of the biggest reasons for the explosion in popularity of Jamaican music in the late 1960s and early 70’s. He is undoubtedly one of Jamaica’s finest musical ambassadors and with 50 years in the music business, 50 albums and over 150 awards, he continues to command respect and admiration world-wide.

Hilarious Caribbean comedian Oliver Samuels who is extremely popular in the tri-state area will host this year’s Yam Jam Festival. The family event will feature Caribbean foods for various islands, exciting rides for the kids, Dunk Tank, Moon Walk, Slides, Obstacle Course, a performance by the New Kingston Band and much more entertainment for the entire family.

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