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Sweet Honey In the Rock to headline Blues on The Green

Published:Sunday | February 22, 2015 | 2:00 AM
Sweet Honey

World renowned a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock will be the headline performers at Blues on The Green, set to take place on Friday, February 27, at 6 p.m. at Emancipation Park. The Grammy-Award

winning group promises to entertain the crowd and stimulate thought through its rich musical tones, artistic style, and delivery, which also includes the use of sign language.

Blues on The Green is the US Embassy's signature cultural event, held as part of its celebration of African-American History Month. During this month, Americans reflect on their ongoing advances towards eliminating racial inequality. Sweet Honey in the Rock is an all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble that has been producing music for more than three decades. Though the membership of the group has evolved over time, their music continues to weave together contemporary rhythms and narratives. The globe-trotting group has performed in Australia, various parts of Africa, numerous cities across the United States and will come to Jamaica immediately following a multi-city tour of Peru.

As part of its commitment to equality, this year, the embassy invites patrons to donate educational tools to the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, which promotes inclusion, participation, empowerment, and equal opportunities for children with disabilities and special educational needs aged zero to 18. On the evening of the event, the foundations' representatives will be on hand to collect teaching aids such as crayons, play dough, building blocks, and colouring books.

 

spark a discussion

 

Joshua Polacheck, the embassy's counselor for public affairs, said, "It is a cultural dialogue to spark a discussion on inclusiveness in Jamaica and in the United States. I hope this gets everyone thinking about what it means to respect all people."

The show will kick off with performances by popular Jamaican band Othniel Lewis and Friends and singing sensation Brina. A special surprise is also planned for the start of the event, so everyone is being urged to come out early, have a good time, and do a good deed.

The event is free and open to all and will see the effervescent Fae Ellington taking up MC duties once again.