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Reggae Culture Salute 2009 Celebrates 40 Years Of The Mighty Diamonds, November 1, 2009, Brooklyn

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On Sunday, November 1st, at 5pm the Performance Center at Nazareth Regional High School at 475 East 57th Street in Brooklyn will come alive with the pulsating sounds of roots reggae music with performances by Warrior King, Everton Blender and the Mighty Diamonds. The Ethiopian World Federation (EWF) Nyahbinghi Drummers along with Dub Poet Infinity and roots singer, Ossie Dellimore will also be on hand as the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) celebrates the 79th anniversary of the coronation of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Mennen of Ethiopia.

The highly anticipated event will also celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Mighty Diamonds, the only Jamaican group to boast the same members after forty years. The Mighty Diamonds ranks high among the pioneers in the pantheon of reggae music. Their name is synonymous with Rastafari and Roots Reggae and the trio has been entertaining and educating the world for years with their sweet harmonies, conscious lyrics and polished performances.

The annual Reggae Cultural Salute (RCS) is a multimedia presentation which highlights the unique relationship between Reggae, Rasta, Selassie and Jamaica and is also a benefit concert for the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) Community Conversation Series. 

Reggae Culture Salute is a family friendly, first class showcase of the best of Roots Reggae suited for reggae aficionados as well as newcomers.  The New York Times called the 2006 staging of Reggae Culture Salute, “A celebration of reggae’s old –fashioned family values.” The fifth annual Reggae Culture Salute will continue the tradition of presenting diverse stages of the genre’s evolution

The event also features a full screening of Stephanie Black’s film, Africa Unite, about the 2005 Marley family concert held in Ethiopia in honor of Bob’s 60th birthday. Africa Unite was premiered at Reggae Culture Salute 2007.

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