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Athletes to be greeted with musical history

Published:Saturday | October 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM
The Jolly Boys
Leroy Sibbles

The highlight of National Heroes Day, the cultural event and presentation ceremony honouring Jamaica's 2012 Olympians and Paralympians on National Heroes Day has confirmed a stellar line-up of artistes who will highlight Jamaica's Olympic progress.

Minister Natalie Neita Headley has confirmed that the musical tribute 'Jamaica's Musical History Honouring our Olympic Journey' will feature an invocation by evangelist Sandra Brooks and take the audience on a rhythmic journey with mento greats, the Jolly Boys; and reggae stalwarts Leroy Sibbles, George Nooks, Marcia Griffiths, and Freddie "Big Ship" McGregor, who will bring the foundations of Jamaican music to the fore.

Singjays Queen Ifrica, Ce'Cile, and Chris Martin, along with hitmakers I-Octane, Assassin, Konshens, and dancehall thriller, Beenie Man will be in full flight.

Also expected to sparkle are songstress Alaine, the All Star Band, and dance group Xaymaca.

Presentations will be made to the athletes by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness, and Minister Neita Headley.

Red-carpet procession

The tribute will start with a red-carpet procession heralded by a fanfare from The Jamaica Defence Force. The National Anthem will come from the Jamaica Military Band.

The event will be broadcast live by PBCJ starting at 7:15 p.m., and on TVJ starting at 7:45 p.m., in addition to being streamed on the Internet and on the Jamaica Information Service website at

Members of the public are being encouraged to gather with friends and family and follow the show and presentation ceremony in their homes, at sports bars, and at community gatherings.

Arrangements for large-screen public viewing of the show have been made for Half-Way Tree Square, St Andrew, and at Dump Up Beach in Montego Bay.