The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will celebrate Independence Day, today, August 1 with virtual airings of the National Independence Day Flag Raising ceremony, A Jamaica Independence Story cinematic film and concert and the Jamaica 59 Virtual Independence Jam on local television stations and online on the JCDC’s social media platforms.
The National Independence Flag Raising Ceremony will air live on PBCJ at 9:00 a.m., with a delayed broadcast on TVJ at 12 noon and will see the Governor General, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and other high-level government officials in attendance. The flag raising ceremony will also see participation by the Jamaica Military Band and the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force.
Then at 4:30 p.m. A Jamaica Independence Story, a cinematic experience and celebratory concert, will take over local television stations, airing on TVJ, PBCJ and CVM TV. The experimental film explores Jamaica’s early history on the road to Emancipation and Independence and features a celebratory concert with performances from Popular and Gospel Music acts like: Tessanne Chin, Marcia Griffiths, Wayne Marshall, Ernie Smith, Rondell Positive, Lutan Fyah, No Maddz, Shaniel Muir and Petra Kay.
This will be followed immediately by the Jamaica 59 Independence Jam at 9:00 p.m. on RETV, Fame 95, Hitz, Radio Jamaica, 1Spot Media and TVJ. The Virtual Party will be hosted by Jenny Jenny “The Enegizer Bunny” and will also see performances by Christopher Martin, Nadine Sutherland, Stacious, the Mighty Diamonds, Donovan Dacres, The Captain Collin Hines and a tune for tune sound clash with Ricky Trooper and Black Scorpio.
Then Saturday, August 7 will bring Independence Brawta with the FAME Frequency Independence Splash on TVJ beginning at 9:00 p.m. This event will be hosted by resident host Talia along with DJ Narity, King Taj and DJ Tropical, and will see performances by Jahvillani and Voicemail.
The 2021 Independence Festival events will all be live-streamed at their respective times on the JCDC’s website www.jcdc.gov.jm, Facebook – Jamaica Cultural Development Commission and Youtube – JCDC Jamaica1 pages.
JCDC, Andrew Clunis
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