August 6, 2017 marks Jamaica’s 55th Independence.
YolanDa Brown’s—a British saxophonist born to Jamaican parents—interview with The Guardian perfectly encapsulates an example of the Jamaican experience. There are Jamaicans by birth, Jamaicans by blood, and Jamaicans at heart. The island is an inclusive hub of culture that hugs you, cuisine that hooks you, and climate that nurtures your soul.
“A lot of the stories were about [my parents’] childhoods: bright stories … it sounded like paradise. I first visited when I was 17 – playing for the Jamaican prime minister in Port Antonio – and it did live up to the stories.”
Whatever type of Jamaican you are, celebrate with us on August 6th.
Don’t forget to experience what it means to be “out of many, one people,” and visit Jamaica!