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Jamaica Observer: Rastas Under Fire


RASTAFARI reggae artists are coming under harsh criticism from within their ranks. According to Nyabinghi elder Ras Flako, many of them are calling on Rastafari to get recognition from their audiences but do not support the movement in any way.

“These Rastafarian artists don’t attend any meetings. When we go to Nyabinghi meetings we don’t see any Rastafarian musicians or artists at our gatherings,” he said.

RAS FLAKO… Rastafarian artists don’t attend any meetings

 

“Whenever you take the microphone and call on Haile Selassie, you’re making a political statement on the divinity of His Majesty. You’re religious and political,” he continued.

He said true Rastas are guided by ethics and code.

The elder said many of these dreadlocked artistes and musicians do not belong to any of the mansions of Rastafari. There are three mansions of Rastafari. These are Nyabinghi, Twelve Tribes of Israel and Bobo Shanti.

“They sing about apartheid in Africa and highlight other issues, yet they don’t sing about the issues we face,” he said.

Ras Flako said there are a lot of issues to be addressed in the Rastafarian community, including the ‘Black Friday’ Coral Gardens incident.

‘Black Friday’ refers to two days of violence involving Rastafarians, which started on Holy Thursday (April 11, 1963) in Coral Gardens in St James and continued into Good Friday. Eight persons were killed including three Rastafarians.

The incident led to an islandwide crackdown on Rastas by government. Some members of the faith were imprisoned, some killed and others faced severe harassment.

“To date, there is only one singer who has ever given voice to the Coral Gardens incident and that’s Jah Lewis, who recorded Do You Remember the Coral Garden Incident in 1991 for Shanachie Records. Why aren’t we hearing more of these songs from Rastafarian artists?” he asked.

Source: JamaicaObserver.com

Author: Cecelia Campbell-Livingston

 

Soup du Cure: Caribbean Education Initiative’s 3rd Annual Fundraiser 12.4.2011


Break out the soup pot & ladle, pound the garlic & toss in some veggies, meat, seafood,herbs & spices! The VI’s one and only Culinary Competition that awards participants with $$$ returns for a 3rd year…Soup du Cure! On Sunday, 12.4.2011 restaurants, caterers, and amateur chefs will compete in more than 20 soup categories…with something for every appetite! Come and try kallaloo, red peas soup, sancoché, bisques, ital, chowders, and so much more. Top prizes include: $1,000 for the Best Soup, $500 for 2nd place, and 3rd place $250. Additionally, the crowd favorite wins $250. Live local entertainment featuring Mada Nile & Fyah Train. Entry is $10 for Adults and $5 for kids + $1 per taste. We’re still looking for SPONSORS & PARTICIPANTS! All proceeds benefit the Caribbean Education Initiative a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and its beneficiaries!

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For more information contact Jozette at 340.226.4503 or email CaribEd1@gmail.com.

Please see related information below:

Soup du Cure Proposal 2011

Soup du Cure Sponsor Application

Soup du Cure Participant Application

Press Release: Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee Set To Host “Miami Carnival in the Gardens”


Thousands of Carnival Revelers and Masqueraders Set To Transform Miami Gardens into a Potent Mixture of Caribbean Culture  

Miami, Fl – The Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee (MBOCHC) is pleased to announce one of  South Florida’s signature events, Miami Carnival in the Gardens will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2011, in Miami Gardens, FL. This year’s parade will move this colorful and rhythmic Caribbean party along the streets of Miami Gardens to the festival area at Sun Life Stadium(( 2269 Dan Marino Boulevard, Miami Gardens, FL 33056). Miami Carnival has been an important ingredient within the culture and fabric of the South Florida community. It has been enthusiastically celebrated for the past 26 years on Columbus Day weekend.

The colorful parade of bands will once again feature a kaleidoscope of incredible costumes that are a delicious cocktail of colors and pageantry. With “Generation X” holding the title of “Band of the Year” from 2010, this year’s competition is set to bring on a sea of enchanting costumes designed to represent all the islands of the Caribbean. An early buzz has already been created by a new band called Ascension. They will be portraying “Eau De Vie [Water of Life). Also intensifying the fervor is China Mas Group. With their portrayal of “What Lies Beneath”, depicting some resemblance of what lies deep beneath the water, they have set the tone for some fierce competition this year.

“ Home to a vast Caribbean population, Miami Gardens is proud to be the home of the Miami Carnival is the Gardens for the second consecutive year. The history of Carnival began is the City of Miami Gardens and we are happy to have it come home.  The event is truly the best celebration and representation of Caribbean culture and pride. We look forward to the people from around the world, who will be visiting the City, to participate in this extravagant and exciting affair. The residents and the businesses are equally as enthusiastic and look forward to welcoming and hosting visitors to our City”, says Shirley Gibson, Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens.

“ Miami Carnival in the Gardens” is a unique opportunity for sponsors to reach a global audience of Caribbean Americans who travel annually to South Florida to participate in this one-of-a-kind experience.  There are Carnivals in various cities throughout the year, but Miami Carnival is unique as evidenced by the sold-out airlines, hotels, rental cars and other business establishments throughout the tri-county area in previous years.  With our Caribbean creativity and hospitality in full view, we anticipate that in 2011, we will be breaking records and welcoming even more visitors to the City of Miami Gardens than we have in the past” states Ruthven Williams, Executive Director of MBOCHC.

“One cannot afford to miss this premier Caribbean family-friendly event.  You will be mesmerized by the spectacular display of pageantry and color as the various mas bands showcase their magnificent costumes to the pulsating beats of Caribbean music,” All under one place, Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins in the beautiful City of Miami Gardens,” states Rafiek Mohammed, Director of Broward Caribbean Carnival, and Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee, Inc.

This evocative Caribbean charged event also features some of the most infectious sounds of the Caribbean by a top all-star royalty artist line up which will be announced at the end of August. Attendees will enjoy a tantalizing selection of Caribbean cuisine provided by local vendors and Caribbean restaurants. Patrons will also enjoy a Caribbean Village sponsored by the Caribbean Consulates General and Tourist Boards.

In true Carnival fashion, this year’s  Miami Carnival in the Gardens will categorically celebrate the spirit and captivating culture and heritage of the Caribbean and its roots.

Media Credentials: Yvette N. Harris, Public Relations Manager at 786.897.8854 or events@harrispublicrelations.com .

Early bird tickets are $15 (Purchase by August 31) at miamibrowardcarnival.com. The tickets are $20 on line after August 31. Tickets at the gate are $25. For information about vending and sponsorship, please call 305.653.1877.

Anguilla: Summer Festival Schedule 2011


Check out the festival promotional video below:

Log on to AXASummerFestival.com for more on this year’s festivities.

Antigua: Carnival Schedule 2011


July 24 – LIME Children’s Carnival- State Insurance Corporation Junior Calypso
July 25 – Queen of Carnival
July 26 – Source Teen Splash
July 27 – Liat Caribbean Melting Pot
July 28 – Antigua Commercial Bank Panorama
July 29 – Jaycees Caribbean Queen Show
July 30 – LIME Party Monarch
July 31 – Calypso Monarch
Aug 01 – J’Ouvert and Carnival Monday
Aug 02 – Carnival Tuesday

For more information log on to the official website AntiguaCarnival.com