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Proceeds from the performance of the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) in South Florida, on February 13, will benefit the Rex Nettleford Foundation of the University of the West Indies UWI).

The special three-hour performance titled, ‘Caribbean Dance Celebration 2011’,  highlighted outstanding dance presentations by the internationally acclaimed dance company, to a packed house of almost 900 patrons, at the Coral Springs Centre for the Arts. This was a tribute to the late Professor Rex Nettleford, O.M., who was also Founder and Artistic Director of the NDTC.

Following his death last year February, a scholarship programme was established through the Rex Nettleford Foundation and administered by the UWI.

Under the auspices of the Consulate General of Jamaica, the one-night performance was hosted by the Jamaica Awareness Incorporated, the Jamaica Diaspora Southern USA and the UWI Alumni Association, South Florida chapter, as part of the celebrations to observe Black History Month.

Jamaica’s Consul General in Miami, Sandra Grant Griffiths cited the timeliness of the  tribute to the late Professor Nettleford during Black History Month. “The outstanding performance marked the cultural legacy of an icon of our native land, an ambassador we have selflessly shared with the Caribbean region and the world, whose passage has been well noted in the annals of history, both at home and abroad,” she said.

Commending the organisers, the Consul General spoke of the efforts of the Director, Jamaica Awareness, Sidney Roberts to celebrate and enhance the cultural energy of the Caribbean community.

Gold medalist, dub poet, Malachi Smith, recited ‘Kumina King’, a fitting tribute he dedicated to the late Professor.

For ‘Kumina King’, Mr. Smith was awarded the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) gold medal for Creative Writing in the Festival Competition, 2010. 

Among the many patrons at the performance were executives of other South Florida cultural houses, Vice President of the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Andrew Goldberg, and Public Affairs Director of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Jan Goodheart,

 

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