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Jamaica's 50th independence party in Birmingham: BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH, MUSICAL YOUTH & JAMELIA

Jamaican athletes, musicians and artists will come together this summer to celebrate the island’s 50th anniversary of independence at a “cultural extravaganza” in Birmingham.

The “Salute To The Athletes” show is set to take place on 25 July at the Symphony Hall and has been put on for Jamaica’s track and field team, whose pre-Olympic training camp will be based in Birmingham, before they head to London.

So far JAMELIA, MUSICAL YOUTH, singers JAKI GRAHAM, COUNT PRINCE MILLER and JIMMY JAMES, saxophonist ANDY HAMILTON and dub poet BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH have been lined up for the show.

The concert is being hosted by the Association of Jamaican Nationals (Birmingham) in association with Birmingham City Council, the Jamaican High Commission and the Jamaican Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). 

Proceeds from the event will go towards the JAAA for sports development in Jamaica.

For a more detailed report in The Voice newspaper, including interviews with the city council and association members, click here.

Get your tickets for the show here.