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‘Tenky. Miss Lou’, a concert in honour of the late Jamaican folklorist the Hon. Louise Bennett Coverley, will be held on Tuesday August 8 at the National Arena.
The two and a half hour tribute, which will begin at 7:00 pm, will feature performances in music, song and dance to celebrate the life and work of the First Lady of Culture.
Among the scheduled performers are Ashe, the Carifolk Singers, Jamaica Folk Singers, University of the West Indies Singers, Joan Andrea Hutchinson, Yasus Safari, Oliver Samuels, Kingston Drummers, Nicole Williams, Oneil Peart, and James McCoy. The concert is free to the public.
Miss Lou passed away on July 26 at the Scarborough Grace Hospital in Toronto, Canada after collapsing at home early in the morning. She was 86 years old.
Born in Kingston on September 7, 1919, Miss Lou is Jamaica’s premier folklorist, poet, entertainer and comedienne. As a cultural giant, she made Jamaica’s patois an accepted language through her poems.
She last visited the island in 2003, when she was a special guest of the government for Emancipation and Independence celebrations. Miss Lou’s body will be on view in the National Arena on August 8 and 9 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm each day.

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