After what has been hailed as a milestone year, the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) will show its appreciation with a Kwanzaa and community appreciation event on Wednesday, December 29, 2010. CPR has a lot to be thankful for, given its numerous accomplishments over the year, beginning with the success of last year’s Kwanzaa event hosted jointly with the Culture Jam radio program (93.5FM). The event is still being hailed as “the party of all parties.” Also on the list of accomplishment are the successful launch of the well listened to Real Talk commentary heard on Culture Jam each Tuesday night at 12:15am, the recent triumph of the sixth staging of Reggae Culture Salute, and the launch of two very captivating internet radio shows, Real Talk heard Thursdays 7pm to 10pm and Reggae Calling, Saturdays, 6pm to 9pm over e2onair.com. Other accomplishments include the historic town hall meeting held in May, where the community turned out in large numbers and addressed their concerns about the growing levels of violence and crime in Jamaica, directly to the newly appointed Ambassador to the U.S., Audrey Marks, as well as the flourishing Community Conversation Series, which saw several controversial topics being discussed openly and with respect, and the recent launch of the CPR Reggae Reader newsletter. This year, the event will again be co-hosted by Culture Jam.
The event, which celebrates Ujamaa, cooperative economics takes place from 7pm to midnight at 310 Lounge located at 310 Bowery at First Street, just north of Houston Street in lower Manhattan. For years, Culture Jam Radio has worked towards the empowerment for Jah people through roots reggae music while the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music has worked to raise the bar in the creation, production, promotion and presentation of this music. Both organizations appreciate the support of the community and invite all to join them for Kwanzaa to celebrate the fruits of their efforts and rededicate themselves to the empowerment of Jah people. The event is free and open to all but in the spirit of Kwanzaa, everyone is asked RSVP and to share the fruit of their harvest by making a donation of educational supplies (pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, markers etc.) to be given to basic school children in Jamaica.