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It’s an experience, a good feeling and a vibra-
tion all rolled into one at this weekend’s inau-
gural Kemet Festival.
According to managing director Harande Elie, it
is a two-day festival hosted over April 14-15 that
celebrates food, yoga and dub to enrich body, mind
The festival happening at the Belmont Community
Centre, Jerningham Avenue, Belmont is said to be
erected on the foundational principles of peace and
Jah9 will be
Kemet Festival to promote
peace, love and harmony
harmony. Elie says with the many tears currently ex-
isting in the social fabric of this land, the festival aims
at celebrating peace as its main endeavour.
“The overall objective is to promote peace and unity.
We have all been seeing—and some of us have unfor-
tunately been experiencing—the harsh effects of the
turbulent society in which we currently dwell. These
violent and crime-filled times did not happen over-
night and are clearly a result of a lack of wholesome
and positive values and vibrations in the country. In
order to begin the process of turning this around, it is
clear that we need to inject more positive, construc-
tive and edifying thoughts, words and deeds into our
communities, and the Kemet Festival is just one effort
at providing the kind of positivity we need to sweep
across the nation,” Elie explained.
He added, “The festival is centred on three essential
components of life, which are nutrition, exercise and
positive mental stimulation. The Kemet Festival aims
to supply a relaxing and therapeutic environment that
eases the mind and lifts the vibration of the soul using
the three catalysts of food, yoga and reggae music.”
Apart from this, Elie noted the festival also provides
a space for networking and launching new talents in
the fields of music, craft and fashion.
Elie told the T&T Guardian that throughout the
two-day programme, the festival will showcase
Rastafarian culture through spoken word, cultural
reasoning and its artisan market. He believes much
can be learned through the Rastafari culture and it
should be celebrated and recognised for its positive
wider effects on integration, tolerance and love.
He said patrons will also enjoy first class music
and live performances from internationally acclaimed
acts, like Jah9 and the Dub Treatment Band, Jah Bouks,
and local beloved, Prophet Benjamin.
“Jah9 is a powerful female artiste, poet, yoga in-
structor and all-round activist for the improvement
of the human condition, who hails from Jamaica.
She focuses her work on the African diaspora. Jah
Bouks is also from Jamaica and scored a breakout hit
in 2013 after years of performing live with various
sound systems with his first-ever recording titled
Call Angola,” said Elie.
On Friday, participants will experience Yoga on Dub
led by Jah9 and Gicelle Maglorie Mayers. There will
also be spoken word performances, cultural reason-
ings and a special guest appearance by T&T’s reggae
Saturday’s programme will include a live concert
with Jah9, Jah Bouks and Prophet Benjamin, as well as
Stephanie Joseph, Empress Goodness and Kuushite.
The atmosphere will be further thickened with
positive vibes by established deejays scheduled to
appear during the course of the festival. They include
Nyahbinghi Roots and Culture, Black Chariot Inter-
national, Nine Miles International, Zion Rose, New
Chapter Sound, Suns of Dub, DJ Sweet V from New
York, Corner Stone Sound from Miami and Fifty Kaliba
Sound featuring Fiyah Y from Jamaica.
“It is going to be a blend of all things good. A big
part of this festival is also paying respect to women
who are really like the salt of this earth and this will be
reflected in the performances you will see,” said Elie.
The event is put on by Full Moon Limited, a crea-
tive management organisation specialising in concept
and design, artiste and event management, as well
as personal and event security services.
Elie extended special thanks to Cost Cutters Su-
permarket for collaborating with the organisation to
make Kemet Festival a reality.
will be among
performers at this
WHAT: Two-day Kemet Festival
WHEN: April 14-15
WHERE: Belmont Community Centre, Jerningham
Avenue, Belmont, Port-of-Spain
TICKETS: Call 288-8026 or 310-3025, or email full-
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