Songstress Etana, “The Strong One” will headline the ninth annual staging of the Reggae Culture Salute (RCS) celebration scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2 at Nazareth Regional High School, 475 E. 57th St., Brooklyn, NY 11203 at 8:00 p.m.
The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) in making the announcement said that Etana has been touring extensively supporting her VP release, “Better Tomorrow” and is excited to be coming to Brooklyn, the heart of the Caribbean community to perform at the annual celebration, which highlights the unique relationship between rasta, reggae, Selassie and Jamaica.
Also appearing at Reggae Culture Salute 2013 is Reggae prodigy, singer, songwriter, producer and founder of the Big Ship label, Freddie McGregor who will receive CPR’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award at this year’s event, for his more than 50 years as a pioneer on the Jamaican music scene.
Making his mark at age 7, Freddie as he is popularly known continues to make sweet reggae music as evidenced on his recent release on VP Records, “De Captain” and continues to tour performing all over the world. Freddie will make a special appearance at Reggae Culture Salute in celebration of the 83rd anniversary of the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Mennen of Ethiopia.
In addition to Nyahbinghi drumming and African dancing, this year the CPR showcase features CPR members such as singer Don Minott from Hartford, CT; roots reggae singer Uwe Banton from Germany; singer Michibella, Dub Poet Ras Osagyefo and Yanks representing the five boroughs, all backed by the Brooklyn based ensemble Widayyah headed up guitarist, Noel Jones.
Reggae Culture Salute has become the preeminent roots reggae event in the New York tri-state area. The family event attracts an intergenerational and diverse audience of reggae lovers who come together each year to celebrate roots reggae music in an authentic community vibe.
For information on Reggae Culture Salute, call 718 421 6927 or visit www.cprreggae.org.
The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music, Inc. (CPR) is a 501 (c) (3) organization that works to preserve the reggae art form and its traditional message of healing and unity. The mission of the Coalition is to raise the bar in the creation, development, promotion and presentation of reggae music; to elevate the profile of its purveyors; and to research, codify, curate and disseminate information about the genre so as to increase understanding of its development, its significance, and its influence around the world. CPR conducts forums, presents events and broadcasts radio programs via CPRLive about reggae music and is open to all reggae lovers.