Thursday 5th June 2003

Bigger, better Emancipation this year - Kambon
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By Shirvan Williams

The Emancipation Support Committee is promising a bigger and better emancipation celebration this year.

The celebration will run from July 28 to August 2.

New additions to the programme include a capoeira (form of African martial arts) competition and a performing band from Senegal.

Also, celebrated South African singer Jabu Khanyile will make his first appearance in Trinidad and Tobago.

He won best artist of the year in South Africa in 2000 among other awards for his music.

Over the years society has realised that Emancipation is a significant event, said Khafra Kambon chairman of the committee.

The African people have made important contributions to the society, he added.

It was because of Haiti’s successful slave rebellion in 1804, that Caribbean people have their freedom, he continued.

Commenting on the crime wave in Laventille, Kambon said young people need to be encouraged to have self confidence to succeed.

Despite the behaviour of some youths there are many with positive energy, he said.

Hence the reason for the theme of celebrations this year: “Protecting the Legacy”, Kambon continued.

“There is no longer job stability. Other cultures try to dominate others. If they had a chance they would wipe out Islam,” he said.

The committee also intends to honour late musician Andre Tanker for his contribution to African culture.

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