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September to Remember ends at St George’s - Conscious Reggae Party School Tour goes up to Nov

Published:Friday | September 30, 2016 | 9:00 AMMel Cooke
Warrior King
Monifa Goss, this year's Rising Star runner-up who is a Conscious Reggae Party Youth Ambassador.
Asante Amen
Isha Blender
Lymie Murray
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Earlier this week, the Conscious Reggae Party School Tour made a stop at St George's College on North Street, Kingston. Warrior King, Isha Blender and Xylophone (who is a youth ambassador for the Conscious Reggae Party concert series) performed for the students and visitors from high schools such as St Jago.

It was a day when St George's footballer Dominic James, who died earlier in the month after collapsing at a Manning Cup match, was being celebrated. Denise 'Isis' Miller, who is central to arranging the party and school tour, said the intention was "... to give them strength and enjoyment through the music". As is standard, for the tour, there was also a 'reggaelutionary' speaker in Sharon Young-Palmer of the Dispute Resolution Foundation.

It worked, so much so that the tour has been invited to make another stop at the home of the Light Blues next month for the school's Heritage Week activities.

It was the end of a 'September to Remember' series of the stops for the Conscious Reggae Party School Tour. It was launched early in the month at the Roots FM Back-to-School Road Show on Mahoe Drive, with Likkle Eyeeece, Monifa Goss (Rising Stars runner-up and Conscious Reggae Party youth ambassador), Kaydeno and Zion I performing. The series has stopped at the YWCA in Spanish Town, St Catherine, Little Angels Learning Centre at Mustard Seed and the Genesis Academy.

Miller said the 'September to Remember' theme, which is subtitled 'No Bleaching, More Teaching', was chosen coming out of last month's focus on 'Augus for Marcus'. "We realised that students in schools we went to had this issue with bleaching and self-esteem," Miller said. Plus, it was noticeable on the streets of the communities they went through.

The series continues until November. Among the institutions at which the tour will stop are the Haile Selassie High School, the University of the West Indies, Mona, the University of Technology, Jamaica, and Sankofa in St Thomas.

Lymie Murray and Asante Amen are slated to be added to the roster of performers. In addition, Miller said Nebeth, Mikey General and Luciano have done the Conscious Reggae Party School Tour before and have expressed an interest in doing it again.

Explaining the tour's genesis, Miller said "the Conscious Reggae Party started about seven years ago. The tour emerged from the party. We wanted to get into schools and have an impact on the youth".

"We always go in with conscious artistes and we always have a reggaelutionary speaker," she said. In addition to the visiting performers, Miller said talented performers at the institutions are always included, noting that the YWCA's artistes during the tour stop there.

The tour goes up to early November, when a Conscious Reggae Party will be held at Nanook as a reception event for the 2016 Jamaica Music Conference.