September 25, 2014




Brooklyn, N.Y., September 15TH 2014... The Board of Directors of the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music., (CPR) is pleased to announce that the milestone 10th Annual Reggae Culture Salute will be a true reflection of the organization's motto "working together to make things work" with fraternal organizations joining with CPR in co-presenting the event. Union of Jamaica Alumni Association (UJAA), under the stewardship of Karlene Largie, Jamaicans Abroad Helping Jamaicans At home (JAHJAH Foundation), under the guidance of founder, Dr. Trevor Dixon as well as Diaspora African Rastafari Congress (DARC Foundation) chaired by Ras Jah B will endorse CPR by co-presenting the event on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at Nazareth Regional High School Performance Center in a show of solidarity.

Reggae Culture Salute marks the anniversary of the coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Mennen of Ethiopia. The 10th annual staging features the queen of reggae, Marcia Griffiths who will receive CPR's Pinnacle Award for Excellence as she celebrates five decades of performing. The family friendly evening of roots reggae, honoring the unique relationship between reggae, Rasta, Emperor Selassie and Jamaica, will also feature a performance by Everton Blender, a Roots Reggae Showcase performed by members of CPR, nyabinghi drumming, dancing, tributes and the award presentation.   
The annual benefit for the Brooklyn based 501 (C) (3) organization, co-founded by Sharon Gordon and Carlyle McKetty is the longest running event of its kind in New York. "The CPR motto, 'working together to make things work' aptly describes what the Union has been doing through their members for some time now," says UJAA's president. "Our family of educational associations continues by extension to set a standard to educate our community and to do so with the collaboration of those organizations like Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) who seek also to educate." In recognizing the collaboration imperative, Karlene Largie says, "We join them, not only because of the collective resources, but because it is the right thing to do.  We are excited about co-presenting the 10th Annual Reggae Culture Salute."
For Dr. Trevor Dixon, founder of JAH JAH Foundation, Reggae Culture Salute "is a campaign to increase the understanding and development of reggae music." He points out that, "Since the JAHJAH Foundation mission is to provide upliftment for Jamaica, and since reggae is a part of Jamaica's culture, the JAHJAH Foundation supports this unique initiative." He is especially mindful that "Proceeds from the event will benefit CPR's workshops and online activities and overall, assist them with their undertakings and bringing the message of reggae to the world." 
The 10th Annual Reggae Culture Salute is sponsored by Dennis Shipping, VP Records and Transcontinental Express Shippers. Proceeds from the event will benefit programs conducted by CPR as well as co-presenters, UJAA, JAHJAH Foundation and DARC Foundation. For information call 718-421-6927 or email
The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music, Inc. (CPR) is a 501 (c) (3) organization that works to preserve the reggae art form and its traditional message of healing and unity. The mission of the Coalition is to raise the bar in the creation, development, promotion and presentation of reggae music; to elevate the profile of its purveyors; and to research, codify, curate and disseminate information about the genre so as to increase understanding of its development, its significance, and its influence around the world. CPR conducts forums, presents events and broadcasts radio programs via CPRLive about reggae music and is open to all reggae lovers.
About UJAA
The Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (USA) Inc.(UJAA) is a 40 member not for profit umbrella organization of alumni associations of basic, primary, secondary and tertiary schools in Jamaica.  Formed in 1990, through its various programs, UJAA's mission includes strong support for early childhood education in Jamaica, being active participants in Diaspora affairs that involve all aspects of education encompassing culture, arts and academia, and supporting those endeavors in our adopted community to make it the place to raise our families and do business.
About JAHJAH Foundation:
The JAHJAH Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has been participating in the upliftment of Jamaica since 2007. The foundation engages support from the Jamaican Diaspora and friends of Jamaica all around the world. We concentrate our efforts in the health, social and education sectors and through partnerships with Jamaica's public hospitals, schools and orphanages. We have been making a difference through our foundation's initiatives, which include renovating medical facilities, donating equipment and tools, health fairs, school supplies, providing furniture and refurbishing to several institutions, conducting workshops for medical personnel, and much more.

About DARC Foundation:
The Diaspora African RasTafari Congress is an organization committed to the principles and ideals of Emperor Haile Selassie 1st. The vision is to adhere to His divinity and character, while maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. The Organization works on issues ranging from education to sustainable development, environment protection, human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women, economic and social development, health, expanding food production, and more.  

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