A star-studded, loved ones-friendly celebration of Jamaican society will get spot in Harpur Sq. this Saturday (7 August) to commemorate the country’s independence.
Levi Roots, BBC Mend Shop’s Jay Blades and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Seani B will be joining a host of other musicians, dancers, singers and speakers to provide a style of the Caribbean to the heart of Bedford.
The function has been organised by Ideal Track, a community organisation that performs with youthful persons in Bedford. Thanks to the hard get the job done of its organisers and help from the public, the Harpur Have confidence in, Bedford Borough Council and Bedfordshire Police, the occasion is fully no cost to go to.
From midday until finally 6pm, the seems, foodstuff and tradition of Jamaica will be represented as a celebration of Bedford’s cultural diversity and to mark the independence of Jamaica on 6 August 1962 following pretty much 300 decades underneath British command.
“We’re seeking forward to demonstrating off our tradition and heritage,” explained organiser Basil Willis.
“I’ve required to do anything like this for a lengthy time and during lockdown it gave me time to feel and to put something specific alongside one another to stand for the Caribbean culture in Bedford.”
Basil and his workforce will be turning Harpur Sq. into Jamaica Sq. for the day, thanks to the support of some pretty common faces.
Levi Roots, the musician-turned-entrepreneur who shot to fame after showing on Dragons’ Den with his Reggae Reggae sauce vary, will be doing with his band, Herbs and Spices and is encouraging anyone to arrive along to love the get together.
“If you are Jamaican, make sure you do occur down to Harpur Sq. so we can rejoice our society jointly,” mentioned Levi.
“If you are not Jamaican, be sure to do arrive out and celebrate with us so we can demonstrate off our society of new music, of food stuff and inspirational men and women proper across the globe from Jamaica. It is likely to be certainly great and I can not wait.”
BBC Radio 1Xtra’s dancehall and reggae DJ, Seani B place a shout-out to all fans of Jamaican culture to be a part of him in ‘Jamaica Square’ on Saturday.
“I’m going to be dropping some dancehall classics and some reggae classics and it is been a lengthy time considering the fact that we have been able to celebration jointly,” he mentioned. “So make positive you come and be part of us.”
Foodstuff on the working day will be presented by Caribbean cafe, Carumbar, serving up the Jamaican countrywide dish, ackee and saltfish as nicely as jerk rooster and curried goat.
Operator, Sophia Forrester, informed the Bedford Independent: “Jamaica and Jamaican food items is the foundation of Carumbar.
“Growing up in a Caribbean family the Caribbean values are robust, whereby you increase up as a ‘BritishJamaican’.
“Reggae, foodstuff and vibes is Jamaican society and as our motto goes ‘Out of A lot of 1 People’.
“We welcome everybody. ‘As wi seh, everyting cool everyting Irie’. OneLove.”
Suitable Keep track of is a local community organisation that takes advantage of early intervention workshops to have interaction with young folks in Bedford who are inclined to knife and gang criminal offense. They use songs, activity and training to put them on the proper monitor in lifetime.
Founder, Basil Willis, has lived in Bedford nearly all his daily life. “I was on the completely wrong facet of the tracks when I was developing up,” he reported. “I was expelled from college and it wasn’t right until I had kids of my own that I came to my senses.
“There is a responsibility of care among men and women like myself to make a favourable effect on younger people today and to enable avoid knife and gang criminal offense in Bedford.”
If you would like to aid guidance this celebration, you can make a donation at their Go Fund Me web site below.
Anybody donating additional than £5 will routinely be entered into a prize attract to get a Levi Roots Reggae Reggae Sauce foods hamper.