$85 million has been allocated to be spent by the Government on this year’s Independence Gala, which is more than the $77 million that was spent last year.
This year will be about the celebration of the decade for people of African descent designated by the United Nations. Andrew Clunis, the director of marketing and public relations at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission also added that “the biggest firework show that Kingston has ever seen will be on display.”
Marion Hall, Sister Patt and Koffee will perform.
The year before, Richie Stephens, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley and Stranger Cole were the recipients of Gala Awards.
This year the honorees Rita Marley and Sizzla Kalonji at the Independence Gala will be held at the National Stadium in Kingston on Tuesday, August 6.
Sizzla established the Sizzla Youth Foundation and assists August Town Youth to overcome struggles and stay away from violence. He burst on the reggae-dancehall scene in the 1990s with album “Black Woman and Child” and followed up with hits “Thanks You Mama, Dry Cry, Solid as a Rock and Give Me a Try.”
Rita Marley is being honoured because she was there with her husband Bob Marley and she has put out her own music as well. She started her music career in 1960 and was a part of the back-up singers for Bob Marley.
She was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Government of Jamaica and she started a foundation for poverty alleviation called the Rita Marley Foundation.
They were chosen by the Gala committee.