June 23 - 24, 2021 @ Asafu Yard, Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica

13th Annual International
Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival

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Conference & Festival 2021

Programme

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday June 23

Master of Ceremony - Dr. Amina Blackwood Meeks

 

9:30 - 10:35 am         Blowing of the Abeng

Procession & Greeting of the Ancestors

 

Call to the Sacred Directions Kasike Nibonri Kaiman Yukayeke Yamaye Quani

 

Taíno Songs

Velva “Akosua Kasabiana” Lawrence Sankofie

 

Maroon Libation

Gaa'maa Gloria 'Mau Mau G' Simms Charles Town Maroon Community

 

Quao Warrior Songs

Charles Town Maroon Drummers & Dancers Charles Town Maroon Community

 

Yoruba Libation

Babalawo Oluwole A. Ifakunle Ile Omo Ope, New York, USA

Sounds of West Africa JamAfrican Ensemble Kingston & St Andrew

10:35 - 10:50 am

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10:50 - 1:00 pm

 

Welcome

Actg Col. Marcia Douglas

Charles Town Maroon Community

 

Mr. Richard Lumsden

Charles Town Maroon Conference & Festival Planning Committee

 

Greetings

Gaa'maa Gloria “Mau Mau G” Simms Charles Town Maroon Community

 

Quao's Victory

Jamokia Rose, Anastasia Robinson Kenika Douglas, Renee Robinson & Samantha Douglas

Charles Town Maroon Community

 

Guest Presenter

“Taíno African Connections” Dr. Lesley-Gail Atkinson Swaby, Archaeologist

 

Quao Skit

Charles Town Primary School, Plum Valley, Portland

 

Presentation

Charles Town Maroon Drummers and Dancers Youth

 

Guest Speaker

“Communication with the Divine Ancestors” Babalawo Oluwole A. Ifakunle

Ile Omo Ope, New York, USA

Maypole

Cascade Primary & Junior High School Cascade District, Portland

 

 

 

 

1:00 - 2:00 pm

 

 

 

2:00 - 2:10 pm

 

2:10 - 3:25 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:25 - 3:30 pm

 

 

 

3:30 - 3:55 pm

 

3:55 - 4:10 pm

 

4:10 - 4:45 pm

 

4:45 - 5:00 pm

 

5:00 - 5:15 pm

 

 

 

5:15 - 6:00 pm

 

Ancestral Rhythms

Charles Town Maroon Drummers and Dancers Youth

Charles Town Maroon Drummers and Dancers JamAfrican Ensemble

 

LUNCH

 

Master of Ceremony – Dr. Marcus Goffe

 

Greetings from Charles Town Maroons

 

Greetings and Performances from Maroon Communities:

Scott’s Hall Maroons Moore Town Maroons Accompong Maroons Trelawny Town Maroons Surinamese Maroons

 

Greetings

His Excellency Hiromasa Yamazaki Ambassador of Japan

 

Presentation by Fight for Peace

 

Greetings from Sponsors

 

Presentation by Capoeira Cativeiro Jamaica

 

Performance by All 4 Betta Drummers

 

Keynote Speaker

Kasike Nibonri Kaiman Yukayeke Yamaye Quani

 

Performances

Rastafari Indigenous Village

Charles Town Maroon Drummers and Dancers Youth

Charles Town Maroon Drummers and Dancers

                                                                                               

FRIDAY: 6:00 pm

 

SATURDAY: 8:00 am

10:00 am 11:00 am 12:30 pm 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 7:00 pm

 

SUNDAY: 8:00 am 11:00 am 2:00 pm 3:30 pm

Wellness Village Opening: Yoga with Live Music

 

 

Morning Yoga Session Herb Lecture

Live Food Demo Paida Lajin Demo Plant Ceremony

Afternoon Yoga Session Stargazing

 

 

3 Body Workout

Mid Morning Yoga Session Healthy Eating Workshop

Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation

 

 

Available by Appointment Throughout the Day:

  • Reiki · Massage · Paida Lajin (Stretch & Slap for Aches & Pains) · Sound Balm Yaad Offerings (Chants and Meditations)
  • Healing Sessions

 

Highlights of Conference & Festival

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Sponsors

Conference & Festival Photos

Twelve Years and Counting

Facts

Maroon Hero

Military Strategist

The Invisible Warrior

Captain Quao

Quao

He came from Ghana in Africa

Male child born on a Thursday

During the early period of the trade in enslaved Africans

The signing of a Peace Treaty between the Maroons and the British in 1739

1655

No. They joined together and fought the British

1728 – 1739/40

Twi is the language of the Akan people