FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kingston, Jamaica, Thursday, May 26, 2022
Through the initiative of the Consul General in Miami, Mr. Oliver Mair and as a part of the ongoing Jamaica 60th celebrations, Jamaicans in Florida and the Southern States of the USA will be able to “have fun and do good” while celebrating the best of Jamaica’s Jerk Foods, Music and culture, at the Palm Beach, Lake Worth at the John Prince Park on Memorial Day Monday May 30. in the USA.
Consul General facilitated the collaboration between the Jamaica Stock Exchange’s subsidiary, the Jamaica Social Stock Exchange and the organizers of the annual Florida Jerk Festival, to raise funds for Trench town, one of Jamaica’s musical communities.
Founder and Organizer of the annual festival, Mr. Damian Tater is anticipating that this year’s festival is expected to supersede the previous years in respect to number of attendees and participation, especially since no festival was held since the pandemic.
Florida Jerk Festival 2022 will pay tribute to Trench Town, the birthplace of Reggae Music, which is Jamaica’s most famous community from which its Reggae genre started with the likes of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer and the many others after who can trace their roots to this iconic community.
Consul General Mair, shared with Mr. Tater, a project proposal that is seeking JMD$6M from the Jamaica Social Stock Exchange (JSSE) and which had been selected for Training marginalized youth in Music Entrepreneurship, at the JaMIN Studio. The objective of this project is that of youth upliftment through a career path in the music industry.
Consequently, Mr. Tater’s group, Full- A -Vybez Inc. has decided to support the JSSE project in Trench Town with a donation of US$1 from every ticket sold for the event on the 30th of May and committed to replicate this gesture at the next similar event slated to be held in Orlando in October 2022.
The Managing Director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Dr. Marlene Street Forrest, noted that it is through events like this that all parties strengthen their respective brands while solving a social need in Jamaica”
Ms. Nora Blake, the Manager of JSSE said that “this gesture is one of the most noble as it intends to give back to the development of Jamaica by empowering marginalize youth in the inner city. Ms. Blake further stated that “the hope now is that this effort could possibly inspire replication through the hundreds of Food and Music Festivals held in Jamaica and its Diaspora across the globe”.
The Consul General is on record saying “I am happy to facilitate this partnership. I am a strong advocate for our reggae music, and I believe this project will go a far way in improving the opportunities for young and upcoming artistes to get additional support, in the JaMIN studio”.