Tony Rebel gets key to Hilton, Jewel Resorts
Patrick 'Tony Rebel' Barrett, whose Rebel Salute show has been sponsored over the years by Jewel Resorts and Hilton Rose Hall, was awarded the Key to the Resorts at the show's international media launch at Jewel Dunn's River on Wednesday night.
Charmaine Deane, area director of marketing and communications, Hilton Rose Hall and Jewel Resorts, said the presentation was symbolic as Rebel and his team have been readily accepted at the hotels over the years. General Manager at Jewel Dunn's River Ann-Marie Goffe-Pryce and her counterpart at Jewel Paradise Cove, Barbara Burton, joined Deane on stage for the presentation, which came near the end of the evening.
Rebel was also presented with a birthday cake decorated in red, gold, and green, which signifies the Rastafarian faith. Rebel celebrated his 57th birthday on Tuesday.
They confirmed for the festival, which takes place at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Priory, St Ann, today and tomorrow, they were given a taste of what's to come. Shalom, whose hit News For You graced the airwaves over 10 years ago, and Perfect Giddimani, whose Handcart Bwoy propelled him to stardom over a decade ago, also gave snippets of their hits, much to the delight of the audience.
Daviannah, Randy Valentine, and Chuck Fenda, among others, also performed.
Nigerian High Commissioner to Jamaica Ambassador Janet Olisa was in attendance, with Nigerian reggae act Patoranking being in the line-up, so, too, Bobi Wine from Uganda.
Addressing the audience, Tony Rebel took a walk down memory lane, recalling special editions of the show, speaking specifically of 2004, which featured Junior Byles and 2005, which featured reggae icon Jimmy Cliff. "Come and let us have a wonderful time," he urged.
The festival kicks off tonight with Luciano, Rodney Pryce, Mighty Diamonds, Tony Rebel, Michael Rose, Randy Valentine, and Capleton among the performers. On Saturday, the line-up will include Horace Andy, Half Pint, Yellowman, Ken Boothe, and Bushman.