Nominations open for Carib Hall of Fame Awards

Observer senior reporter

Sunday, August 19, 2018

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Nominations have opened for the 14th staging of the Caribbean Hall of f ame Awards for Excellence in Kingston.

The event — which is staged biannually by the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation (CDASCF) — is scheduled for Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Saturday, November 10.

Previous inductees include Reggie Carter, Dr Olive Lewin; guitarist Ernie Rangling, musician Byron Lee; actor/comedian Charles Hyatt, comedian/actor Oliver Samuels; dancehall deejay Beenie Man; singer Tarrus Riley; and academic and co-founder of the National Dance Theatre Company Rex Nettleford.

Executive director of the foundation and chairman of the organising committee, Garnett Reid said that despite the fact that the awards are open to Caribbean people of all ages, it has been focusing on encouraging emerging talents to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors.

“There is a lot of talent existing in the region, talent that we know are awaiting the opportunity to be trained and developed, but are not getting the resources that they need to do so. We need to identify them, train them, and put them out there to the world,” Reid told the Jamaica Observer.

Foundation chair Merline Daley said that while in the past they have managed to attract the interest of many talented persons in the region, they are not convinced that most of the leading figures have been captured in the effort, so far.

“However, there is never enough appreciation of the people who give in these areas, and anything that we can do to highlight and encourage them, we are prepared to do that — because sports, culture and the arts are our lifeline,” she noted.

This year the foundation plans to honour 25 individuals who will be inducted into its hall of fame in sports, music, arts and culture.

The foundation began staging the event nearly 30 years ago, in observance of the United Nations World Decade for Cultural Development, to honour and award hundreds of artistes and artists from across the region, particularly the English-speaking Caribbean.

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