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Romain to rock NY gala

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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New York Hilton in Manhattan will be the venue for the 55th annual Jamaica Grand Independence Gala on Saturday, August 26.

The black-tie event is hosted by the Jamaica Independence Foundation, Inc, under the patronage of Consul General of Jamaica Trudy Deans and the Jamaica Tourist Board.

Scheduled to headline the evening's entertainment package are Romain Virgo and The Unit Band. Grammy-winning artiste Estelle and actor Leon will serve as co-hosts.

Virgo, a VP Records artiste, grew up in the music industry. At 17 he was the youngest winner of television talent contest Digicel Rising Stars in 2007. He also won Artist of the Year from JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) in 2012.

“We are proud to be represented at such a prestigious event for the Jamaican community,” said Richard Lue, director of business development for VP Records. “We hope everyone in attendance enjoys the event with Estelle, Romain Virgo and everyone else involved.”

Afro-Caribbean, London-born songstress Estelle has led a successful music career, winning a Grammy in 2009. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her fifth studio album. The album will feature the work of top producers Supa Dups and Jerry Wonda, writers Tish Hyman, JFK and UrsVerse, among others. The first single Love Like Ours, a callaboration with Tarrus Riley, featured on Reggae Gold 2017. It has been making a splash on charts and streaming services since its debut early June.

Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness will be the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award. Awards will also be given to former Prime Minister Edward Seaga and Hall of Fame basketball player Patrick Ewing.

Guests will be further entertained with additional sets from Likkle Big Band and Road International. Proceeds will go to the Garvey Elementary School in the Bronx and Woman Inc.

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