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Jamaican independence to be celebrated in London this summer

Jamaican independence to be celebrated in London this summer

This summer, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican independence, The O2 and its multiple venues including indigO2, will be transformed into a Caribbean oasis as over 50 artists take to the stage as part of Respect Jamaica 50.

The two week extravaganza, from July 25th to August 6th, will include a multitude of legendary Jamaican singers, DJs, writers, comedians, actors and poets from Damian Marley and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry to Shaggy and Jimmy Cliff showcasing the cultural depth and diversity of this esteemed nation.

Supported by the Jamaican government, Respect Jamaica 50 will add a sprinkling of Caribbean flavour to what’s set to be a great summer for Jamaica.

Among the dozens of musicians flying in to the capital is triple Grammy award-winning reggae artist Damian Marley, the youngest son of Bob Marley.

He will be delivering his trademark blend of dancehall and reggae with hits like ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ and ‘As We Enter’ to thousands of fans.

Joining them on the bill will be Junior Murvin, whose 1976 song ‘Police and Thieves’ cemented his place in reggae history, becoming an international hit covered by artists such as The Clash and Culture Club.

A stunning feast of authentic Jamaican food and drink will also be on hand during the festivities for everyone to enjoy.

All key Olympic events will be screened at the venues to ensure none of the action is missed.

Director of the Jamaica 50 secretariat, Robert Bryan, said: “Jamaica is excited to be associated with AEG Live to present Jamaica 50.

“The Jamaica 50 Secretariat recognises this as an official celebratory event of Jamaica’s Jubilee celebrations and is delighted that such an outstanding line-up can be made available during the London 2012 games, when we expect even more great Jamaican moments.

“Jamaica House, located in the 02 during the Olympic Games, will also be showcasing and providing an authentic Jamaican experience in honour of this special year.”

For more information visit the official website.