The Messenger returns for Reggae Culture Salute

CPR Reggae

The 8th annual Reggae Culture Salute Saturday, Nov. 3, will celebrate the return of “The Messenjah” LUCIANO for his third appearance starting at 8:30 p.m. at Nazareth Regional High School Performance Center.

This year’s multimedia event featuring Nyahbinghi drumming and rituals, video presentations and live roots reggae performances, also will present Mr. Vegas paying tribute to Jamaica’s golden jubilee and diverse variations on the message theme from CPR member artists Ossie Dellimore, Tayazawan, Major Daps, Tony Rankin, Sister Cindy and Major One.

For his years of consistently delivering an “upful” message, Luciano will receive the CPR Pinnacle Award of Excellence. Other awardees and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Reggae Culture Salute is a family-friendly event staged each year to honor the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Mennen of Ethiopia. This year marks the 82nd anniversary of the rare joint coronation which took place on Nov. 2, 1930 with great international fanfare. The event also celebrates the unique relationship between Reggae, Rasta, Selassie and Jamaica — something Jared McCallister of the NY Daily News pointed out in 2010 when he wrote: “It may be news to some, but reggae music owes a great debt of gratitude to the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I.”

In a preview of the 2006 staging of Reggae Culture Salute, Ben Sesario of the New York Times wrote: “The big reggae concert this fall should be relatively free of the controversy that has dogged so many other recent reggae shows: ‘homophobia.’” He called Reggae Culture Salute “a celebration of reggae’s old-fashioned family values.”

Reggae Culture Salute continues in this tradition as the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music, presenter of the event strives to raise the bar in reggae music. Reggae Culture Salute is widely recognized for the character, quality and authenticity of the music in its presentations. Reggae Culture Salute is topped with delicious Caribbean Cuisine sponsored by The Door, a marketplace and good vibrations.

As the demand to experience Reggae Culture Salute has gone global, a pay-per-view Internet stream will carry the show live.

For information, call 718-421-6927 or email [email protected]

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