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Grange congratulates McGregor on being nominated for Colombia’s prestigious award

Published:Wednesday | September 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Freddie McGregor

Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has congratulated Freddie McGregor on his nomination for the Guachupe de Oro award in Colombia saying that "he truly embodies what the award is all about".

The award, which is presented by the Colombia Negra Foundation, honours people whose actions, creations and effort contribute to the development, promotion and increased knowledge about Afro-Colombian, Afro-American and African Culture.

According to Minister Grange, "Freddie, like many of Jamaica's entertainers, continues to be a purveyor of positive music that uplifts and brings people of all races together. The Ministry is proud to support his nomination and is delighted to provide funding to enable him and his band to participate in this event."

McGregor and his Big Ship Band will be representing Jamaica at two shows, September 22 and 24, in Bogota as a part of the International Black Expression Encounter 2016, for Peace without Racism. Funding was made available through the UNESCO Creative Cities Network of which Kingston was designated a City of Music in December 2015,

The event is dedicated to commemorate the International Decade for People of African Descent.