'Busy' making a difference

Cecelia Campbell-Livingston

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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ASH Wednesday saw the 30th staging of the Bob Marley One Love Celebrity football matches at the Constant Spring football field in St Andrew.

At the event, two other 'players' received recognition for their contribution to Jamaica's music industry. One was foundation artiste Errol Dunkley and long-standing radio announcer Allan Magnus. The awards were presented by The Bob Marley One Love Organising Committee which is chaired by Clive 'Busy' Campbell.

Dunkley is known for his hit songs Black Cinderella, Keep The Pressure On and OK Fred.

Campbell said the decision was made in 1990 to take the event a notch further and honour stalwarts in the music business.

"It was then decided that an award would be presented to those who made valuable contributions to the music industry," Campbell told the Observer.

Since its inception, music industry players such as Bunny Wailer, Freddie McGregor, Leroy Sibbles, Derrick Harriott, John Holt, Alton Ellis, Winston 'King Stitt' Sparks, and Gregory Isaacs have been honoured.

Campbell said the games were more than coming out to enjoy the matches and honouring stalwarts.

"From these games, the proceeds go to helping basic schools and children's homes," he said.

This year there is a new project for the committee and it is one Campbell is very passionate about. After reading there was no basic school in Malvern in St Elizabeth, he felt the need to do something about it.

"I said to myself, 'how can this be?' It's like New Kingston without a bank and I decided that we will make sure a school is there before we celebrate our 50th independence," he said.

To help achieve that, the next event on their calendar will be its Bring Back The Love After Labour Day which he said he intends to keep in St Elizabeth.




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