Left: Senator Hon. Ruel Reid, Hon. Edward Seaga, Yuri Peshkov-UNESCO,
Centre: Maxine Wilson-HEART Trust, Right: Garnet Reid, Merline C. Daley
O.D., J.P. & Dr. Patricia Marshall Dunwell
(D2E Kingston, Jamaica-November 30, 2016) The 13th staging of the annual Caribbean Hall Of Fame Awards raises the bar with the coordination of a spectacular and well-organized entertainment presentation, host at the Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, November 25, 2016. The event was highly endorsed by the Governor General and his wife, The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, The Most Hon. Lady Allen, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Oliva Babsey Grange, Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller and Ambassador Irwin Larocque, Secretary General of CARICOM. This year the Caribbean Hall Of Fame recognizes 25 persons who have achieved excellence in The Arts, Sports, Music & Culture, include former Jamaican PM Edward Seaga, who received the highest award, the "Lifetime Heritage Achievement Awards." UNESCO has credited this event with being one of the best cultural organizations in the region.
This year’s music industry inductees - Donovan Germain, Robert Livingston, Gussie Clarke, Tony Gregory, Junor Reid and I-Octane, the visual and performing arts inductees –Barrington Watson, Webster Campbell, Winston Ewart, Volier Johnson, the culture inductees- The Most Hon. Edward Seaga, Gina Hargitay, Gaverly McGowan and Arnold Bertram and sport icons inductees- Deon Hemmings, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Elaine Thompson, Omar McLeod, Kirani James, Winston Griffiths, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Alphonso Cunningham, Molly Rhone, Marva Bernard, Stephen Francis and Glen Mills.
This prestigious red carpet event was a memorable one, with a team of ushers, who are students of the Caribbean Maritime Institute, were clad in white sailor suits, they escort the inductees, guests and performers to their seats and on off the stage. To top off the event, they had an exquisite menu of top shelve alcohol brands, delectable hors d’oeuvre and an after party. The evening’s entertainment lineup was magnificent, with backing band-Tower, performing of African dance from the City Dancers, gospel artists Kevin Downswell and Karen “ Sista Sasha” Chin, Jamaica’s First Lady of Jazz- Myrna Hague, Tony Gregory, former of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, who was an inductee, Reggae/Dancehall artists, Half Pint, Bugle, Gem Myers, French Dancehall artist Charly B, Canadian Pop artist Delon OM feature Canadian Dancehall artist Trinity Chris.
The attendees were a mixture of top governments diplomats, sports icon, visual arts and music industry key players. The Caribbean Hall Of Fame was founded in 1989 by Garnet Reid, a Jamaican who saw the need for highlighting and recognizing Caribbean natives who are talented and excelled with excellence in their field, which supports the development and contribute to the region global recognition. Stated Reid, “come 2017, the Caribbean Hall Of Fame will be bigger and better.”
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