Jamaican Independence Day with Rum Punch and Jerk Chicken

The 6th of August is a serious day – Jamaican Independence Day! 1962 seems like a long time ago and not long at all, 55 years of Jamaica making its own way in the world as a sovereign nation, longer than many of us have been around but no time at all for a country…
It’s also been 51 years since the Festival was started by Edward Seaga, showing off some of the amazing art, music and culture the island has to offer. You can see some footage of the first one here. It was put together to bring together – to showcase to a people newly independent that they made (and continue to make) amazing things and to bring people together through the power of that idea.

The song contest has always been a big part and it’s sad that it’s not happening this year – they promise it back next year though so in the meantime, we raised a glass on Sunday and having a listen to a few of these. The winners over the years, especially the early ones, read like a whos-who Jamaican talent with The Maytals winning three times, Desmond Dekker once and the legend that is Eric Donaldson bagging SIX titles…!

So do yourself a favour and get the tunes on, the rum punch out and of course some serious Jerk cooking on the go. Don’t fancy cooking yourself? You know where we are…

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