1:00 – 1:30: COOKING DEMO – Chef Andre Fowles

1:45 - 2:15: COOKING DEMO - Chef Irie Spice

2:30 – 3:00: CELEBRITY CHEFS THROW DOWN (Chef Giovanni Merle

& Chef Terrell Emerson)

3:10 – 3:40: COOKING DEMO – Chef Andre Fowles

4:10 - 4:40: CELEBRITY QUICK FIRE CHALLENGE (Soca Artist Fay Ann Lyons

& Michelle Marsh, ABC News Anchor)




Theme is “Jamaica 55 – Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad” Jamaica celebrates its 55th anniversary of independence in 2017 and all the performers on the cultural stage have been asked to honor that in some way. We will also be doing giveaways of caps, t-shirts, etc.

Susan Davis (Dr. Sue) Host and MC (Jamaican-American performer/storyteller/educator)

Pending – but expected to make an appearance/make some remarks is Dr. Clare Nelson, President of ICS along with Simone Edwards former WNBA player and Spokesperson for National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

12:00 PM - Richards Carnival – Carnival costume masqueraders

12:20 PM - Divine Divas – local kids group – dancers/models

12:25 PM- Hyacinth Swaby-Holder – author–wrote a book of Jamaican proverbs

1:00 PM - Richards Carnival – Carnival costume masqueraders

1:20 PM Braata Folk Singers – Jamaican Mento-style/Folk group (from New York)

2:00 PM - Joelle Wright – Storyteller /skit ( Jamaican-style storyteller)

2:25 PM- Karib Nation - Fashion Show (includes designers from various Caribbean islands, such as St. Kitts, USVI, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Trinidad, etc.)

3:00 PM - ShaMain – Singer w/tracks (local DC resident/Guyanese background)

3:15 PM- Farafina Kan – African Drummers and Dancers (local DC group)


2: 10 PM - 2: 25PM Image Band

2:25 PM- 2: 35 PM Ablazin Radio(Band Change)

2:35 PM- 2: 40 PM MC- Tony Carr

2:40 PM - 2:55 PM Ras Slick

2:55 PM- 3:05 PM Ablazin Radio(Band change)

3:05 PM - 3:10 PM MC- Ragashanti

3:10 PM - 3:55 PM Bunji/FayAnn

3:55 PM - 4:05 PM Ricky Platinum (band change)

4:05PM - 4:10 PM MC- Ragashanti

4:10 PM - 4:55 PM Romain Virgo

4:55 PM - 5:05 PM DJ Gnice (Band Change)

5:08 PM - 5:10 PM MC- Ragashanti

5:10 PM - 5:55 PM Queen Ifrica

5:55 PM - 6:15 PM Ricky Platinum (band change)

6:18 PM - 6:20 PM MC

6:20 PM - 7:50 PM Tarrus Riley



One of the most promising of the second generation of Jamaica roots reggae singers, Tarrus Riley is the son of Jimmy Riley, who has had a long career as a solo artist as well as being a former member of the Uniques and the Techniques. Like his father, Riley has a sweet, nuanced tenor vocal style, although his first connection with the Jamaican music scene was as a DJ (under the name Taurus). Riley taught himself to play keyboards and several percussion instruments and began writing his own songs, many of which had strong Rastafarian and consciousness-leaning themes. His first album, Challenges, was produced by the great Jamaican saxophonist Dean Fraser and released on Yaman Records. It yielded a couple of big reggae chart hits, including the song "Larger Than Life." Fraser also produced 14 of the 15 tracks (the other was produced by Chris Chin) on Riley's sophomore effort, Parables, which appeared in 2006 from VP Records and featured the legendary rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. It, too, generated a big single in "She's Royal." Riley has done several concert appearances with his father, who is, along with Tarrus' mother, Lavern Tatham, very active in mentoring and supporting his son's career. Riley's songs retain ties to the Jamaican roots tradition while still managing to sound distinctly contemporary. In addition, his strong stage presence gives him crossover appeal and marks him as a coming force on the international reggae scene. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi

Romain Virgo

In 2007, Romain Virgo made history as the youngest contestant ever to win Digicel Rising Stars, Jamaica’s talent competition, at the age of 17. Virgo was sensational throughout the 2007 competition and outshone his opponents with singing skills that seemed to stretch beyond the talent of a 17-year-old. Now two years later, his career definitely seems to be on the rise. His single Can’t Sleep is still climbing up the Jamaican charts and already gained him attention outside Jamaica as well. Love Doctor on the Automatic riddim is already getting loads of airplay as well as his single Wanna Go Home. Romain Virgo manages to build his musical career while still doing a five-year bachelor’s degree in performance at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, studying for a major in voice and minor in keyboard. This education assures that Romain’s performance will be different from others. It already earned him a performance at Tony Rebel’s prestigious Rebel Salute 2009 show earlier this month and performances at the well-known dancehall parties in Kingston such at Passa Passa in Tivoli gardens and Weddy Weddy at Stone Love’s Headquarters in Kingston. With hard work, Romain is taking it one step at a time and will be out there and let the people know what he has to offer. Romain has been working with Donovan Germain of Penthouse Music and Dawin Brown of Vikings Sounds.

Bunji Garlin

One of the leading artists in the ragga soca movement, Trinidadian soca superstar Bunji Garlin is also one of the genre's few crossover artists, having made an impact internationally with Major Lazer, the Soul Train Awards, and even the television show Greys Anatomy all in the mix. Born Ian Anthony Alvarez in Sangre Grande, Trinidad, he got his stage name from the bungee cord (which is flexible) and Garlin (a type of gun). He kicked off his career just as a dancehall-influenced strain of soca music was taking hold. Known as ragga soca, the aggressive digital genre fueled Garlin's 2000 debut, The Chronicles, a thoroughly modern album which also featured soca legend Alison Hinds. The singer would win Trinidad's Ragga Soca Monarch competition that same year, as well as the next, while 2002 saw him win the International Soca Monarch award and release his first album for the VP label, Revelation. In 2006 he made news with his marriage to fellow soca artist Fay-Ann Lyons, while 2007 saw him kick off his international push with the aptly titled Global, an album that featured guest shots from reggae artists T.O.K. and Freddie McGregor. Bunji avoided releasing another album for years, but many of his singles turned into massive, influential hits, especially the 2013 release "Differentology." The anthem was picked up by Major Lazer for a remix, was featured on an episode of the hit TV drama Greys Anatomy, and landed Bunji a nomination for Best International Performance at the 2013 Soul Train Awards. In 2014, he landed a deal with RCA and released the album Differentology on the major label that same year. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi

Queen Ifrica

Jamaican singer/toaster Ventrice Morgan, aka Queen Ifrica, will no doubt go down in history as having provided one of the most sobering and controversial reggae hits of the late 2000s: the hard-hitting single "Daddy," which deals with child molestation and incest. Reggae has a long history of tackling heavy social and political topics, and Ifrica didn't hesitate to offer some no-nonsense social commentary when she co-wrote and recorded "Daddy." Despite the song's disturbing subject matter, it was a major hit in both Jamaica and England (which has long had a large Afro-Caribbean population and is second only to Jamaica as the world's largest reggae market). Ifrica, however, was making a name for herself in reggae long before the release of "Daddy," and she has been making her mark as a singer who is also a dancehall toaster. Much like certain R&B vocalists who can rap as proficiently as they sing, Ifrica is both a proficient singer and a proficient toaster -- and like some of the neo-soul singers who have been affected by both classic soul and hip-hop, Ifrica has been greatly influenced by reggae's classic era (the '60s and '70s) but also has a strong appreciation of the more modern dancehall recordings of the '90s and 2000s.

Ifrica, however, has steered clear of the hedonism, gun talk, and gangsta imagery that have been common in dancehall; her more sociopolitical lyrics have reflected her Rastafarian beliefs, although she has also performed her share of lovers rock (reggae that has romantic lyrics rather than sociopolitical or spiritual lyrics). Because male performers have outnumbered female performers in reggae (both singing and toasting), the list of female artists that Ifrica is typically compared to is a fairly short one. She has often been compared to Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths, and Judy Mowatt, all of whom were members of the I-Threes (Bob Marley & the Wailers' backup singers) in the 1970s but have also had careers as solo artists; other frequent comparisons have included Carlene Davis and Sister Carol. But even though Griffiths, Mowatt, and Rita Marley have influenced her, Ifrica has a gruffer vocal style -- and that gruffness obviously comes from her interest in dancehall.

Born in Montego Bay on March 25, 1975, Ifrica is the daughter of Derrick Morgan (who was a major ska star in the early to mid-'60s and went on to become an important figure in rocksteady and early reggae). Ifrica seriously started to pursue a career in reggae in the mid-'90s, and in 1999, she recorded the single "Royal Love" for the Flames label. Ifrica became much better known in the 2000s, when she recorded for various independent labels and her singles "Just My Bredrin," "Randy," and "Below the Waist" became hits in Jamaica. In 2009, Ifrica's album Montego Bay (which included "Daddy" and the hit "Streets Are Bloody," a poignant commentary on violent crime in Jamaica) was released in the United States by the well-known VP Records label. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi

Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez

Mrs. Lyons-Alvarez is a Trinidadian Soca songwriter, recording artist and performer. She is also known by such titles as the Lyon Empress, Mane the Matriarch and the Silver Surfer, a nickname which she claimed during her performance at the 2008 International Soca Monarch. Fay-Ann is married to fellow recording artist and 'Ragga Soca' lyricist Bunji Garlin. Fay-Ann was born in Point Fortin, Trinidad to parents Austin Lyons (sobriquet Superblue/SuperBlue, formerly known as Blueboy) and Lynette Steele[1] (sobriquet Lady Gypsy).

Fay-Ann Lyons is a three-time Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Road March champion (2003, 2008, 2009) and the 2009 International Soca Monarch and International Groovy Soca Monarch champion. She created history (again) when she won the International Soca Monarch for the first time in 2009, as the first female to win the Power category, and the first individual (male or female) to win the Power, Groovy and People's Choice awards on Fantastic Friday (aka Carnival Friday) during the finals of the competition which is held annually in Trinidad. She also went on to win the Carnival Road March that year, becoming the first soca artist to win that soca 'triplet' of titles. She is the first (and only) woman to accomplish that feat while pregnant. Fay-Ann is the youngest solo artist (male or female), still actively recording, with multiple wins of the Carnival Road March crown. (Machel Montano is the youngest male with multiple wins, now that he has four solo wins and a joint win with Patrice Roberts). Fay-Ann remains the only female artist who has won the Carnival Road March three times and is the second to attain back-to-back wins in two consecutive years. Fay-Ann and husband Bunji also became parents in 2009 to a daughter, Syri, born on February 28, 2009,[2] just a few weeks after Carnival.​

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