Celebrate Jamaican Independence Day today

All are being invited to celebrate Jamaican Independence Day with a slew of festivities taking place today on Albert Panton Street and Cardinal Avenue.

Popular Jamaican artists, Roy Rayon and One Third are set to perform tonight, as part of the festivities to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Jamaica’s Impendence, which officially falls on Wednesday, 6 August.

The all-day free event will take place on Cardinal Avenue, moving to Albert Panton Street for the evening line-up.

Cardinal Avenue will be packed with street vendors selling lip-smacking traditional Jamaican fare from 10am, including popular favourites such as codfish and ackee, rice and peas, rundown, jerk chicken and pork and mannish water.

Displays will highlight Jamaican national heroes and cultural icons, while local Jamaican artists based in Cayman, including Faye Lazarus, will also showcase their work. Radio station Irie FM will be on hand to broadcast all the festivities live.

To kick-start the evening festivities an official opening ceremony will be held on Albert Panton Street, including the singing of the national anthem, speeches and performances by featured artists, including One Third and Roy Rayon.

One Third shot to fame in 2006 when the group won the Digicel Rising Stars competition. Al, Adrian and Miguel, are all youngsters in their early to mid-twenties and since their rise to stardom have appeared on several major events, including CVM TV’s Startime, Teensplash and Irie Jamboree. The group has also shared the stage with such internationally renowned names such as Manhattans, Stylistics, Chi-lites, Blue Magic, Air Supply, Brian McKnight, Regina Bell, Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, Shaggy, Maxi Priest, Mr. Vegas, Beenie Man, Luciano, Da’ville, and Taurus Riley to name just a few.

Sing and songwriter Roy Rayon is no stranger to Jamaica’s music scene. Born in 1959, he has won numerous festival song competitions, was crowned the 2008 festival song winner with his song Rise and Shine, and was the lead singer and road manager for the Unique Vision Band. He has performed with the ‘Fab Five band’ and as an opening act for Rita Marley. He is also a preliminary judge for the Digicel Rising star competition.

During the evening festivities a big screen will broadcast pictures from Jamaica, from stunning landscapes, cultural landmarks and local personalities.

The line-up of family-friendly entertainment will also include a Miss Jamaica Independence contest, performances by gospel artists Reneece Willis and Keesa Peart, as well as prizes and giveaways throughout the night. Free Jamaican flags will be handed out to all during the evening event.