Grange congratulates Freddie McGregor on being nominated for Colombia’s prestigious award

Freddy McgregorKINGSTON, Jamaica – Monday, September 19, 2016 – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Honourable Olivia Grange has congratulated Freddie McGregor on his nomination for the ‘Guachupé de Oro’ award in Colombia saying, that “he truly embodies what the award is all about.”

The award which is presented by the Colombia Negra Foundation honours people whose actions, creations and effort contribute to the development, promotion and increased knowledge about Afro-Colombian, Afro-American and African Culture.

According to Minister Grange, “Freddie like many of Jamaica’s entertainers continues to be purveyors of positive music that uplifts and brings people of all races together. The Ministry is proud to support his nomination and delighted to provide funding to enable him and his band to participate in this event.”

McGregor and his ‘Big Ship’ Band will be representing Jamaica at two shows, September 22nd and 24th, in Bogota as a part of the International Black Expression Encounter 2016, for Peace without Racism. Funding was made available through the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) of which Kingston was designated a “City of Music” in December 2015,

The event is dedicated to commemorate the International Decade for People of African Descent.


This is quite a coincidence, Vision did an exclusive interview with the international acclaimed Freddie McGregor, a Jamaican reggae artiste.

We congratulate McGregor on being nominated for a Columbian award.

Vision’s SIC caught up with the very talented artiste at Melia Braco, Trelawny, Jamaica West Indies on Sunday 18th September at about 9:30 PM. We will bring this interview to you shortly. Melia received top Caribbean new hotel award for 2016.

See the attached release from the Babsy Grange led Culture Ministry on Freddie McGregor.

Commentary by Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada

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