Celebrate August Independence – Jamaica And Trinidad & Tobago’s – Friday, August 3, 2007, New York

The talented New Kingston Band is set to scorch the stage of the “Out Of Many One People” Celebration TM on Friday, August 3, 2007, at The Harvest Room, 90-40 160th Street, Jamaica, Queens, NY 11432. Dubbed the “Caribbean freedom party”, the event salutes the islands of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago’s August Independence paying tribute to our African ancestors in commemorating the bicentennial of the abolition of the slave trade. “Out Of Many One People” Celebration TM promises an all-inclusive eclectic cultural evening. Patrons should reserve their early bird special now. It includes open bar, delicious cuisine, performances by top Caribbean artistes, dancing and the opportunity to win prizes and raffles.

Jennifer Chalmers who is known for her extensive community work in child healthcare will be the Guest Speaker at the “Out Of Many One People” Celebration TM. Ms. Chalmers chairs the non-profit Leaf Of Life and was honored a few years ago by the Jamaican Consulate in New York for her years of dedicated service as a child advocate for Jamaican and Caribbean children.

Bashment Time
Jamaica , Queens will explode summerfest style with reggae rhythms by New Kingston Band. The talented young men have been providing excellent back up for numerous international reggae artistes and gracing the stage of some of the top reggae staged shows in North America for the past four years. www.newkingstonband.com The depth and diversity of the young men will be evident when they hit the tunes of the festival yester years with songs such as ” What a Bam Bam” and festival classic, Eric Donaldson’s “Cherry Oh Baby”. They will teach the latest popular dance moves out of Kingston, Jamaica such as “Tek Wey Uself”, “Drop Dead”, “Stookie” and “Bad Man Forward, Bad Man Pull Up”.

The multi-talented Caribbean Cultural Theatre will provide “peas soup fi laugh” with their slogan “Tellin Wi Own Story”. The Caribbean Cultural Theatre, is a Brooklyn, NY based performing arts ensemble dedicated to presenting a balanced rendering of Caribbean culture and the Caribbean-American experience.

Dancing
Cherry Three’s Afua Hall and Leslie Parker will perform a tribute to the islands of Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica . The dancers will illustrate, in movement and emotion, the relationship between the two sister countries to a soul-stirring sound collage by Gabriel Travis. Ms. Hall hails from Negril , Jamaica and is a former dancer with the acclaimed PHILADANCO (The Philadelphia Dance Company). Ms. Parker is a recent graduate of Temple University and comes from Minneapolis , Minnesota . Mr. Travis hails from Negril , Jamaica and is a recent graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans

There will be a special “Trini to de bone” treat for all soca dance fans. Patrons are advised to wear dem islands’ colours and Caribbean couture of comfortable shoes and clothing to dance the night away with DJ Bandit of Mingles and Carib New York. DJ Bandit will ensure the dance floor is hopping all night with reggae, hip hop and soca. He will also spin some selections from Consul General of New York, Dr. B. Bryan’s CD ” Remember When” Festival Songs compilation manufactured by VP Records.

Nyaamings – “The Zong”
Artistic Director, Mark Kong Quee has put together a mouth watering menu inclusive of a special entrée “The Zong” which is a peanut chicken in tribute to our African ancestors. “The decision by Luke Collingwood, captain of the Zong, in 1781, to throw overboard 133 live Africans has assumed a canonical form as it embodies the horrors of the Trans- Atlantic Trade in Africans ( TTA). It is an important part of St. Elizabeth’s and Jamaica’s history which needs to be exposed” writes Ahmed Reid and Verene Shepherd of the Jamaica National Bicentenary Committee (JNBC).

Prizes & Give-aways
Prizes will include signed books from Caribbean authors. After a successful North America launch of his book, John Barry, has offered a signed copy of The Finalists: A Graphical Look Back At Trinidad & Tobago’s Calypso and Soca. The Finalists is described by many as the new soca/calypso bible. www.trinbagofinalists.com In addition, there will be signed copies of Kellie Magnus’ “Little Lion At Bat.” The book was launched to critical acclaim in Jamaica during Cricket World Cup in April . www.jackmandora.com Also, G eoffrey Philp’s “Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories” will be on sale. http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com/

Get Your Tickets Now
The all-inclusive ticket price of $65.00 for adults is a ‘steal of a deal’ and offers an open bar, mouth-watering Caribbean cuisine, performances, entertainment and dancing to the latest reggae, hip hop and carnival tunes. The jamroppo “Pickney Time”TM tickets for children are $30.00. jamroppo “Pickney Time”TM is a Caribbean interactive play date. The play date begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. and is dedicated to the youth of the Caribbean.

jamroppo’s signature annual event, “Out Of Many One People” Celebration TM is a Caribbean Inter-Activity. Cathy Kleinhans, jamroppo’s CEO, is a veteran in communications, television production and management, event planning and public relations. www.jamroppo.com Earlier this year, jamroppo sponsored and presented the prize for the Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer of the year to reggae artiste, Luciano at the IRAWMA Reggae Awards held at the famous Apollo Theatre.

Kleinhans explains that Caribbean culture is a wealth of life lessons in both the tangibles and intangibles. “It’s the way we socialize, our folklore – what we hand down from generation to generation, orally; and most significant, our vibrant lifestyle”.
Tickets available from:
Genesis Restaurant in Queens
Camille (Queens) – 718-454-1824
Mark Kong Quee (Manhattan)– 917-449-3305
Sharon Watson (Brooklyn) – 347-207-3477
Joan Addison (Brooklyn)- 718-284-4505
Miki Rose (Connecticut) – 347-307-7486
Cathy Kleinhans (Bronx) – 347-563-5899
For more information on the event email Cathy at [email protected]

Media Contact: Cathy Kleinhans
347-563-5899 – [email protected]