Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
Not only did Victoria Mutual fête the members of the diaspora, but they also partnered with Jamaica National, Appleton Estate and Wray & Nephew in taking care of the 120 media personnel in attendance at the 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference which ended in Montego Bay on Wednesday.
Three days of deliberations and three nights of celebration were an endorsement to what has become the most famous quote of the conference, "Most Jamaicans living overseas walk around with a piece of the homeland in their hearts, most Jamaicans have not really left, we just don't sleep here on a regular basis" - Valarie Steele, Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board member, Canada.
On Tuesday, Victoria Mutual capitalised on that fact, taking those who still had legs left to dance down memory lane, at what Clover Moore has tagged A Vintage Party.
Vintage it was indeed, when Ernie Smith, Ken Boothe and Leroy Sibbles proved again and again why original reggae music remains one of the most revered genres of music worldwide.
From Smith's Pitta Patta to Booth's Journey, from his latest album, to Sibbles' I Wanna Get Next to You, the Canadians, Americans and UK Jamaicans who had spent hours deliberating at one meeting after another, could now let down their hair and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of their country.
Today brings you highlights of this fabulous event.