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Usain Bolt and team to attend Jamaica 50 concert at Symphony Hall

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ARTISTSINCLUDINGBEVERLEYKNIGHT, BENJAMINZEPHANIAH, COUNTPRINCEMILLERANDJAMELIAWILLENTERTAINATHLETES AT MAJOREVENTMARKINGJAMAICA’S 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

JAMAICA’S 50TH INDEPENDENCECULTURALEXTRAVAGANZAANDSALUTE TO THEATHLETESSHOW
7.30PM WEDNESDAY 25 JULY 2012
SYMPHONYHALLBIRMINGHAM
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BIRMINGHAM, UK: Jamaican Olympic sprinters Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown and their team-mates are expected to attend a landmark concert celebrating Jamaica’s 50 years of independent rule at Symphony Hall on Wednesday 25 July.

The event will feature performances from artists and entertainers such as soul singer Beverley Knight, dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah, R&B vocalist Jaki Graham, pop singer and TV presenter Jamelia, reggae band Musical Youth, soprano Abigail Kelly, soul singer Jimmy James, singer-songwriter Carlton Curtis, reggae vocalist Skibu, comedian Miss Culture Jam as well as from The Blue Notes, Aston Performing Arts Academy, Horizon Youth Choir, Town Hall Gospel Choir, JA Story cast, Brothers United in Christ Choir and more.

Veteran artist Count Prince Miller, who took part in Jamaica’s original gala independence show in August 1962 at Kingston’s National Stadium, will open the concert which is being hosted by the Association of Jamaican Nationals (Birmingham) UK in association with Birmingham City Council, the Jamaican High Commission and the Jamaican Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).

The Jamaican Track and Field Team will be in Birmingham until 26 July as part of their Pre-Olympic Training Camp at the University Of Birmingham.

The concert will also include tributes to Bob Marley, the late Howard Aris (former JAAA president) and legendary Jamaican-British saxophonist and bandleader Andy Hamilton who died last month at the age of 94, and who had been invited to perform. His sons Mark and Graeme Hamilton will play in his memory.

Birmingham-born soprano Abigail Kelly is expected to lead the singing of Jamaica’s National Anthem. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the JAAA for sports development in Jamaica.

Junior Douglas, artistic producer, said: “The event is not only unique but historical too, as we will have the athletes present. The rehearsals have been mind-blowing and we have been planning some spectacular surprises. It’s a unique experience for young artists in Birmingham also, who will be given the chance to share the stage with such big names as Beverley Knight and Jamelia.”

The chairperson of the Association of Jamaican Nationals (Birmingham) UK, Beverly Lindsay, OBE, OD said: “This truly is a concert of a lifetime – providing both entertainment and education as we celebrate this landmark date in Jamaica’s history.”

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Jamaica’s 50th Independence Cultural Extravaganza and Salute to the Athletes Show
7.30pm Wednesday 25 July 2012
Symphony Hall Birmingham
£30.00*

Background:

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

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Issue date:

Tuesday 24 July 2012