Reggae Culture Salute in Brooklyn, New York

Reggae Culture Salute returns to Nazareth Performance Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 5, 2011, starting at 7:30pm. Performers include Dub Tonic Kru, Iwayne, Big Youth, Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn, Major Daps, Songbird Simone, and Coozie Mellers. There will also be a screening of the documentary Bad Friday—Rastafari after Coral Gardens, directed by Deborah A. Thomas and John L. Jackson.

The event celebrates the 81st anniversary of the coronation of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Menen of Ethiopia and the unique relationship between rasta, reggae, Selassie and Jamaica.

For 2011, the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) salutes the future of roots reggae by presenting Dub Tonic Kru, Global Battle of the Band Champion for 2010-2011. [. . .] Dub Tonic Kru will be the first recipient of CPR’s newly established Simba (young lion) Award in honor of their dedication to the tradition of roots reggae music.

Another young lion making an appearance at Reggae Culture Salute 2011 is cultural artist, IWayne who debuted at #5 on the Billboard Reggae Chart with his recent release “Life Teachings” on VP Records. IWayne has consistently penned and performed uplifting roots reggae music for his fans the world over.

[. . .] Big Youth, who received congressional honors at last year’s Reggae Culture Salute is also back by popular demand after last year’s exhilarating performance and will receive CPR’s 2011 Pinnacle Award for Excellence for his more than 40 years of being a pioneer in the industry. Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn with his Ancient Vibration ensemble of traditional nyahbinghi drummers and dancers returns to captivate and enlighten the audience.

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Photo: Dub Tonic Kru

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