The highly anticipated ‘Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies –QORIHC - set for October 30 2016, will see proceeds of the event going towards assisting the various charities of the Gregory Isaacs foundation.
The Foundation, which
was established in 2010 to continue the charity work already started by the
Cool Ruler - Gregory Issacs while he was alive, has successfully supported various
initiatives at locations that require that assistance.
Locations include; the
St. Barnabas Basic School in Fletchers Land, Walkers Place of Safety on
Lyndhurst Road, the Black Harmony Basic School in Spanish Town as well as
general support to the National Council on Drug Abuse in Jamaica.
The decision to
support the foundation through part proceeds of QORIHC was a simple one, the
CEO of the event, Mye Laurell, had covered Issacs’ infamous ‘Night Nurse’
single with the permission of June Issacs, Gregory’s widow and Colln Leslie, Chairman
of the Foundation. Through this interaction Mye got to see firsthand the work
the foundation was doing and wanted to assist not only with musical tributes
but with actual monetary contributions.
“ I’m all for supporting great initiatives and
the Gregory Issacs Foundation has done so much since its inception and will be
doing so much more that I had to be a part of that” Mye Laurell, CEO of NyteNursePro, coordinators
of QORIHC, shared
The Gregory Isaacs
foundation is also in full support of the QORIHC event concept of honoring
women in Jamaican Culture and Entertainment Arts sectors as an annual
“This is a fantastic idea and the first of its kind so the Gregory
Isaacs foundation had to support QORIHC. It’s also a special month for us as we
are celebrating Gregory’s Order Of Distinction which was accepted by his widow
on Heroes Day in Kingston. In London, where he spend a bit of time prior to his
death, he has been honored with a Blue Plaque as well”
Colin Leslie, Chairman of the Gregory Issacs Foundation explained
Specific females to be honored at this year’s ceremonies are; Veteran Reggae Artiste Sister Nancy, whose worldwide hit "Bam
Bam" is the most sampled female hit in the history of modern reggae music, Gifted Video Director Nordia Rose, TV Broadcaster Elaine Wint, Founder of Sun City Radio Doreen Billings or ‘Mama B’, Dancehall Fashion Designer Audrey Farquharson,Renowned Dancehall
Queen Carlene, Government Minister The Honorable Babsy Grange andDancehall
Dancing Instructors Latonya Styles and
Dance Ja studios.
“The 2016 ceremony
will be held on October 30 at the Courtleigh Auditorium and is hosted by veteran
broadcaster Francois St Juste, QORIRC is proudly under the patronage of the
Mayor of Kingston Councillor Dr. Angela Brown Burke. The event will see a slew
of appearances including a special performance from Reggae Crooner Duane
Stephenson and a special tribute to Reggae pioneer Rita Marley.
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