JIS News

Donations totalling US$4,000 were presented to Jamaica’s Consul General in Miami, Ricardo Allicock, on Sunday (October 3) at a hurricane relief benefit concert, held in aid of victims of Hurricane Ivan, which devastated parts of the island early last month.
The donations were offerings made by more than 400 persons in attendance at the three-hour long event billed, ‘Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert’, which was staged at the Kendall Community Church of God, free to the public.
The concert was the brainchild of Director of the Jamaica Folk Revue (a Florida based folk group of Jamaican nationals), Norma Darby, and Director of the choir of the Jamaica Nurses Association of Florida (JNAF), Hyacinth Penso.
After consulting with several community associations and choir members of the JNAF, Mrs. Darby said “the idea was born and mushroomed from there”.
Recitals included drama, song and dance, liturgical and folklore, performed by a line-up of Jamaican artistes living in South Florida who volunteered their time and creative talents to make the event a success.
The evening’s entertainment included the husband and wife gospel duo of Gary and Yvonne Virtue, the Alpha and Omega Dancers, as well as soloists Claudette McNeil and Francine Taylor. A number of group recitals were also performed by several choirs, including the Jamaica Folk Revue, the choir members of JNAF, the Parkway Baptist Choir, and the Miami Oratorio Society. The highlight of the evening was Jamaican pianist, 12 year-old Rochelle Watson.

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