Fort Lauderdale: Malachi Smith’s Birthday Bash and Fundraiser

Award winning Jamaican dub poet Malachi Smith will celebrate his birthday on Saturday, August 25, 2012, 9:00pm, at JEPA’s Place, 7153 West Oakland Park Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Smith is a Board Member of Caribbean Education Foundation and he will use the occasion to raise funds for his adopted Jamaican student Garth Pearson, who has a scholarship from the foundation and currently attends Kingston College in Jamaica.

Legendary Jamaican singers Dobby Dobson, O.D., and Sharon Forrester, who is enjoying a resurgence of her singing career, will join Smith for the special night along with chart topping artist Mical Rustle, Michael Schloss, Taurus Alphanso, King Banton and others. Sky Force will set the pace along with Faada Duss.

Smith returned to the US in mid-June after a successful one week tour of Medellin, Colombia, where he represented Jamaica at the 22nd Medellin Poetry Festival. Smith is Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s 2009 Most Outstanding Writer and was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Independence Voyces at its 2011 literary festival in St. Mary, Jamaica, for his contribution to the dub a poetry genre of Jamaican poetry. He was the featured reader at the 2012 Talking Tree II Book Fair at Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth. Smith recently appeared in Tampa and Coral Springs, Florida, at Culturama 2012, at Princess PM’s Children Fun day at Negril on the Green, Hollywood, Florida, and at the Jamaican Flag Day celebration in Miramar, Florida.

Smith has appearances scheduled for 50 Diaspora Honors and Gala Benefit: “The Journey” hosted by the Consulate General of Jamaica, where he will be one of 50 persons who will be specially honored for contributions to brand Jamaica in the Diaspora. Smith is also scheduled to appear at another Jamaican gala in Virginia on September 16, 2012. [. . .]

Smith is an alumnus of Florida International University and Miami Dade College, and a fellow of University of Miami, James Mitchner Caribbean Writers Institute.

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