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Jamaicans in South Florida were treated to an exciting evening of fun and entertainment at the annual cultural variety show, Culturama 2007, held last Sunday (Aug. 5) at the Coral Springs Centre for the Performing Arts.
The event, now in its seventh year, featured traditional folk and contemporary dance, drama, oratory and musical performances.
The premier family show for the Independence celebrations in South Florida, the event had a wide range of entertainment for all to enjoy.
For four hours, the large audience participated in what seemed reminiscent of an old time festival fair, singing to the rhythms of the mento band and swaying to music of quadrille, dinki minni, gerreh, kumina and brukins as entertainers graced the stage in a range of exotic and brightly colored costumes.
The performers included the festival award winning Clonmell Cultural Club from St. Mary, the Hartford Cultural Group from Westmoreland, the Peace Makers Mento Band, South Florida dub poet Malachi Smith, while 14-year old violinist Nadje Leslie, did a selection of reggae, jazz and folk interpretations.
Consul General Ricardo Allicock, in his remarks at the event, commended the performers for their outstanding display of the country’s rich cultural heritage through song, dance and drama.
According to the Consul General, the various creative and artistic expressions from traditional folk through to contemporary form were a reminder of Jamaica’s proud and rich history, of which all nationals should be proud.
He urged the younger generation of Jamaicans in the Diaspora to gain an understanding of the country’s rich culture, which would allow them to develop pride and dignity in their ancestry.
Culturama 2007, a presentation of Jamaica Awareness Incorporated and Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) in association with Air Jamaica Kidz Club, also included a sold out performance at the University of South Florida in Tampa on August 4.

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