Saturday, 6 July 2013

NATIVE SONS: New exhibit opening marks Norman Manley's 120th birthday + ESPN tunes in to Marley and the Wailers

REGGAE SPORTS: July is Bob Marley Month on ESPN, reports the Wall Street Journal. As such the popular sports channel will be showcasing music by Bob Marley & The Wailers, including tracks from the recently released Legend Remixed album, across all their programming for the entire month. Talk about an irie viewing experience. As we previously reported, the St. Ann-based Stepney Primary & Junior High School, which Marley attended as a child, will be known as the Bob Marley Primary and Junior High School, effective September 1.

HISTORY LESSON: On the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the birth of national hero Norman Washington Manley, a permanent exhibition detailing his life and legacy was unveiled this week at the new museum constructed in his honour at Roxborough, his birthplace, in Manchester. Among those who attended the opening: grandson Joseph Manley; culture minister Lisa Hanna; tourism minister Wykeham McNeil; custos of Manchester Sally Porteous; chair of the Manchester Cultural Development Committee Dorothy Miller; and former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson. "Norman Manley had a dream. It was a dream for that time when Jamaica would be in charge of its own affairs to shape its own destiny," remarked Patterson. "Indeed, he was the first person, if not to conceive, to articulate, what we now know as Brand Jamaica."




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