Celebrating with China

Sunday, October 07, 2018

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The sounds of the east were evident at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in St Andrew on Monday as the Embassy of China in Jamaica brought together its nationals, friends and associates to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

The predominantly red décor and the music of the massed bands of the Jamaica Defence Force truly set the tone. However the Chinese experience was taken up a notch thanks to the musical performances which brought the culture of the country being celebrated to Jamaica.

The entertainment package was given a local twist with local law enforces, who are now being taught Mandarin at the National Police College, offering entertainment in song. Under the watch of musical director Heston Boothe, the 20-member choir opened the performance with Farewell, a gentle and melodious song which was delivered beautifully.

Staff of the embassy and their family members also showcased their vocal talents. An officer, the chef and a relitive of staff were among those who added to the line-up.

The dapper Mr Kang, an engineer with the China Harbour Engineering Company would round out the entertainment component of the event with a strong presentation of The Floating Red Flag, a known song back in China. His performance drew a strong applause from his countrymen and women.

Jamaica's political directorate was represented at this event by Foreign Affairs Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith.

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