Reggae meets Wall Street this month when the Grammy Award-winning Morgan Heritage band performs at the New York Stock Exchange’s 94th annual tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 30 at 5:35 p.m.
The tree lighting event — starting at 2:30 p.m. at 11 Wall St. — includes performances, the stock exchange close that day, the tree lighting and more entertainment.
The popular family band is made up of the children of Clarendon, Jamaica-born reggae performer Denroy Morgan, known for his 1981 hit “I’ll Do Anything for You” and other music.
Morgan Heritage is still riding high on its 2016 Best Reggae Album Grammy Award for its “Strictly Roots” release.
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“Avrakedabra,” the latest Morgan Heritage album (on the CTBC Music Group label) was recorded on four different continents and features Ziggy and Stephen Marley. Built on their Jamaican roots, the group’s music mixes pop, rock, country, R&B and hip-hop into a style they call “Rockaz.”
The New York Stock Exchange tree lighting performances are open to public.
The rock band Hollis Brown, country star Jackie Lee, singers Karen Rodriguez and Jesse Campbell, the Harlem Globetrotters, the Radio City Rockettes and are among the other performers. DJ Niko of Z100 radio and Daymond John of “Shark Tank” are the scheduled hosts for the event.
For more on Morgan Heritage, visit their website: www.morganheritagemusic.com. Visit http://bit.ly/nysetree2017 for more on the tree lighting.
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MARKING HISTORIC HAITI BATTLE
The Battle of Vertières — which marked indigenous army of St. Domingue’s decisive 1803 defeat of colonial French forces in Haiti — will be commemorated Thursday with an art exhibition, lecture and reception at the Brooklyn College Library, 2900 Bedford Ave.
The CUNY Haitian Studies Institute is cosponsor of “Celebrating the Battle of Vertières: The Universal Dimension of Haitian Culture: History and Politics of Memory.” The event remembers the key battle that led to Haiti becoming the first black nation to forcefully win independence from its colonizers.
The exhibit of works of nine Haitian artists, who will be present at the display, runs through Nov. 27 and can be seen Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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After the art show, Prof. Pierre Buteau, president of the Haiti Society of History and Geography in Haiti, will present “The National and International Dimensions of the Haitian Revolution,” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The cultural event ends with a reception by respected caterer, author and entrepreneur Nadege Fleurimond.
“Celebrating the Battle of Vertières” is sponsored by the CUNY Haitian Studies Institute, the Brooklyn Center of Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, the Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation, the Haitian Times and the Department of Africana Studies at Brooklyn College.
To RSVP for Thursday’s affair, send email to [email protected] Call (718) 951-5000, ext. 3482 for information.
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COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR
The agencies and organizations offering opportunities for St. Lucians New Yorkers and others — ranging from education and health to workforce training and housing — will be touting their services at the free Community Resource Fair in Brooklyn on Saturday, presented by the St. Lucia Consulate in New York and CARICOM Consular Corps.
The event will be held at the St. Lucia House, 438 E. 49th St. in Brooklyn, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Although there is no admission fee, participants are encouraged to donate new toys to the consulate’s annual diaspora toy drive, benefitting underprivileged children in St. Lucia.
For more information on the Community Resource Fair, call the St. Lucia Consulate at (212) 697-9360, ext. 203 or send email to [email protected]
MELBA MOORE STARS IN RELIEF CONCERT
Tony Award-winning singer/actress Melba Moore is heading the “Benefit for the Caribbean” concert today in the Bronx at Lehman College’s Lovinger Theatre, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Presented by Linnette Harrigan Media Inc. and Caribbean Cause, the fund-raiser will benefit hurricane relief in the U.S. Virgin Islands and other parts of the Caribbean.
Show highlight include R&B music, a Bob Marley tribute, steel pan performances, jazz, hip hop and more. Visit http://bit.ly/caribbeanconcert for tickets and information. Student and group discounts are available.
FASHIONABLE DISASTER RELIEF
Envision a classy and professional fashion show, music, cocktails and more — all benefitting hurricane relief in the Caribbean. This perfectly describes “A Fashion Mingle for Caribbean Disaster Relief,” a benefit on Wednesday in Manhattan benefitting the Caribbean Tourism Organization Hurricane Relief Fund and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Association.
The event will be held at Row NYC, 700 8th Ave. (between 44th and 45th Sts.), from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Participating design brands include D’Marsh Couture by Glenroy March, @Simply Greta by Greta Wallace, Malchijah-Hats by Marcus Malchijah, , Steven Daniel, and Dwight Thomas.
There is a traditional mas presentation by Cocorite House scheduled along with a performance by reggae ton artist Klass Santana, followed by music from Dj PrinZe B. Hors d’oeuvres from MIST Harlem are provided by City National Bank of N.J. Tickets are only $10. For ticket, visit http://bit.ly/fashionminglebenefit2017.
FREE SKILLS, FUN — FOR YOUNG AND OLD
Starting next month, the Jamaica Benevolent Art and Cultural Center in the Bronx is offering an array of free activities for young and old under the theme ”Growth and Development,” including computer training; science, reading and math skills, and chess.
The intergenerational Saturday sessions — scheduled to begin Dec. 2 and take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — will be held at 2230 Light St. (near Dyre Ave.) A photo ID must be presented for registration. For information, call (718) 496-2884 or (347) 275-4788.
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