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merritonefamilyfunday-winstonblakeMusicologist Winston "Merritone" Blake one of the famous Blake brothers (Trevor, Monte and Tyrone) who founded Merritone Music, will be the recipient of a proclamation from the office of Yvette Clarke, 11th Congressional District, New York and an 'Appreciation Award,' from Irie Jam Radio for his contribution to the music industry.

The awards will be presented at the Irie Jam Radio sponsored "Jamaica 50 Celebration" at Mangoville in Queens, NY on Saturday, May 26, 2012. "Winston Blake is a musical genius and we are elated that Congresswoman Yvette Clake will honor him in such a big way" said Bobby Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam Radio in New York.
Clarke said the award for Blake has added significance since it will be presented this year during Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence.

Artiste added to lineup for concert in New York.

beenie_manTwo years after his USA work permit was initially cancelled, controversial DJ Beenie Man, aka Moses Davis will return to the USA for a performance at the inaugural 'Groovin In The Park' concert on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, NY. Beenie Man was one of five top Jamaican entertainers whose visas and work permits were revoked by the Embassy of the United States in Kingston, Jamaica in April 2010.

"I am extremely excited to announce that our booking agent here in New York was able to secure a work permit for the dancehall king Beenie Man to be a headline performer at this year’s 'Groovin In the Park' concert on July 1,” and elated Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc., parent company of Groovin In The Park said.

With a 4 – 0 vote during the March 29, 2012 meeting, the board of commissioners of the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency authorized a grant, in an amount not to exceed $50,000, to the Overtown Rhythm & Arts Festival, inc., allowing the Festival to bring a more significant economic development impact to the area of Overtown.

 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…“It is inspiring to work with a group such as the Overtown Rhythm and Arts Festival Board, which works on an entirely volunteer basis, with the purpose of bringing culture and arts to the streets of Overtown, as well as stimulate ecoomic development and culture to Overtown,” said CRA Chairwoman, Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones.

Patrick DopsonPatrick Dopson, gospel music's hottest rising star, has been added to the fast-selling Gospel in the SON Out reach Music Fest, which will be on June 9th, 2012 at the Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium. Dopson will make his first South Florida appearance at the Gospel in the SON Out reach (GITSO) launch press conference 6 - 9 p.m.

May 30th at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Plantation, 1701 N. University Dr., Plantation, FL 33322. Dodson, known as a Worship Leader, Singer, and Songwriter, released his critically acclaimed album ‘Open The Heavens' on May 1, 2012, through his independent label, Oilonit Music.