Director of the Commission for Pan African Affairs, Dr Deryck Murray, wants there to be a greater consciousness surrounding Crop Over. (Picture by Xtra Vision Photography.)
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GRAND KADOOMENT MUST be about more than mindless wukking up, said director of the Commission for Pan African Affairs, Dr Deryck Murray.
During the Bongani Festival at Blenheim, St Michael, yesterday he told the media Grand Kadooment and Emancipation Day took place close to one another so there had to be a greater level of consciousness concerning the former.
“We don’t have the luxury of complacency when it comes to our development and freedoms. We have to remember that, first and foremost, Crop Over is about our emancipation, so we have to remind people it’s more than about drinking rum and nakedness,” he said.
Murray said Emancipation Day and Grand Kadooment actually coincided every seven years and this made the message of uplifting culture all the more important. He said Government was doing its part “bit by bit” but it was up to the public, as well as the Grand Kadooment bands, to buy in. (CA)
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