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JM | May 27, 2022

2022 staging of Miami’s Jamaican Jerk Festival pays homage to Trench Town

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A man oversees the preparation of jerk pork at the 2019 staging of the Jamaican Jerk Festival in Miramar, Florida. (Photo: Facebook @JamaicanJerkFestivalFLA)

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Trench Town, the birthplace of reggae music, will be the toast of the 2022 staging of the Jamaican Jerk Festival at the John Prince Park in Palm Beach, Florida this Memorial Day (May 30).

Trench Town is located in the constituency of South St Andrew, where Opposition Leader Mark Golding serves as its Member of Parliament.

It is the community from which the reggae genre started, with the likes of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer and many others, tracing their roots to this iconic community.

The Jamaica Social Stock Exchange (JSSE), a subsidiary of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) and the organisers of the annual Jamaica Jerk Festival will be using the event to raise funds for Trench Town, Jamaica’s most renowned musical community.

Consul General in Miami, Oliver Mair facilitated the collaboration between the JSSE and the festival’s organisers.

Jamaica’s Consul General in Miami, Oliver Mair. (Photo: Instagram @mairoliver)

The festival has been packaged as a part of the ongoing Jamaica 60 celebrations, where Jamaicans in Florida and neighbouring southern American states will be able to “have fun and do good” while celebrating the best of Jamaica’s jerk foods, music and culture.

High expectations for this year’s festival

Damian Tater, founder and organiser of the annual festival, is anticipating that this year’s festival will supersede previous years in respect to the number of attendees and participation, especially since no festival was held since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consul General Mair shared with Tater, a project proposal that is seeking J$6 million from the JSSE, which had been selected for training marginalised youth in Music Entrepreneurship at the JaMIN Recording Studio, based in Trench Town.

The objective of this project is youth upliftment through a career path in the music industry. 

Consequently, 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 and committed to replicate this gesture at the next similar event slated to be held in Orlando in October 2022.

JSE managing director, 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.”

Nora Blake, the manager of JSSE commented that, “this gesture is one of the noblest as it intends to give back to the development of Jamaica by empowering marginalised youth in the inner city.”

“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,” Blake added.

The Consul General expressed his delight at facilitating this partnership emphasising that he is a strong advocate for reggae music.

Young artistes mixing audio during a recording session at the JaMIN Recording Studio in Trench Town, St Andrew. Photo taken October 26, 2016. (Photo: Facebook @Jamin-Studio-Trench-Town)

Mair was also hopeful that this project will go a far way in improving the opportunities for young and upcoming artistes to get additional support in the JaMIN studio.


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