Books4Kids Jamaica now reaching more kids across island

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According to the Books4Kids Jamaica mission statement, its primary aim is to help increase literacy and promote a positive educational experience by providing books and early educational materials to four-year-olds (K1) and five-year-olds (K2) in pre-schools across Jamaica.

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The Palmyra Foundation has as a primary goal to inspire and encourage children at the basic school level to get excited about reading and writing through the non-profit organization’s Books4Kids Jamaica program. Their slogan is: “The future is bright, when you can read and write!” (Read more in the link below.)

It’s only been three weeks into the 2015 book distribution and Books4Kids Jamaica teams have visited 5,508 children at 54 schools. This achievement, in part, is due to the support given by the 50 sponsors and volunteers who have participated in the event so far.

“We go out and solicit donations and various people and organisations, such as the Spanish Court Hotel and Terra Nova Hotel, will give us a donation in the form of a three or four night stay at the hotel,” member Frank Perolli told the Jamaica Observer. Support from the hotels along with other…

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Music lessons from our Caribbean neighbours

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…“This applies to music—because essentially music is sacred. Whether it is religious or dancehall, what is music? It is a celebration and exploration of life. Many have lost that concept of music..”

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This article by Shereen Ali appeared in Trinidad and Tobago’s Guardian.

One of the most moving aspects of Caribbean culture is its music. And this music is richly diverse, with Cuba and Haiti being especially vibrant in music genres and styles.

Santeria drumming, rumba, son, salsa, mambo, Afro-Cuban jazz and classical music rub shoulders with contemporary hip hop-salsa-rock fusions and many other eclectic contemporary mixes in Cuba; Haiti has its carnival rara music, compas dance music, voudoun music, rap, ragga, hip hop kewyol, and many more; you can find merengue and bachata in the Dominican Republic; dance to calypso, soca, rapso, tassa, pan and chutney music in Trinidad; and enjoy  kumina, ska, reggae, ragga, and dancehall in Jamaica. And that’s just grazing the surface. So amidst this musical feast, what music industry lessons can we learn from our Caribbean neighbours?

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