The stage is all set for the Skatalites, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Karl and Faye Rodney, to be bestowed with honors at the Jamaica Independence Ball in New York, [this] Saturday, August 16, at the New York Marriot Marquis Hotel, located at , 1535 Broadway, New York, scheduled for 8pm-3:00am. The cocktail hour begins at 6:30pm.
Under the theme, celebrating greatness, the event (as is customary), will attract the ‘who-is-who,’ in the Diaspora for a night of first-class entertainment and patriotic offerings.
The Skatalites are in the 5th decade of a long and superbly, successful career as they continue to bring the rich culture of the Island through music (from the Ska era to reggae) to the world. The only surviving member Lester Sterling will be on hand to receive the award.
Sheryl-Lee Ralph has never been shy to embrace her Jamaican Heritage. To that end she has been a tireless advocate, philanthropist, and (unofficial) ambassador of the homeland. She is an accomplished actress; from the small and big screens to Broadway, leaving in her wake, groundbreaking performances which have won her rave reviews and numerous awards. She represents a slew of second and on generation Islanders, who value the culture and history of the land from which their parents originate.
The husband and wife team of Karl & Faye Rodney are renowned in the Diaspora, particularly for their work in media. The Carib News, their brain-child, is a leading publication in the media capital of the world, New York, and serves as a leading voice of the Caribbean Diaspora.
Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Most Hon P. J. Patterson, will be the special guest and presenter of awards for the evening. Entertainment will be provided by the Fab 5 Band and Roots, Reggae songbird, Etana.