Cedella Marley (CEO of the Bob Marley Group of companies), who is currently in her seventh year as Global Ambassador for the Jamaica Women’s Football Programme, is now expanding her advocacy and commitment to the women’s game. Her new Football is Freedom Initiative will provide tools and resources for the development and growth of women’s football throughout the Caribbean and Latin America as well as diaspora communities in the United States.
“In the process of my role as ambassador, I have taken note of the crucial role that football can play in empowering young women; through opportunities for education and professional advancement (both on and off the pitch). Through the Football is Freedom Initiative we can expand our efforts to other countries in the region and eventually beyond,” she said in a statement.
The core mission of FIF is trifold:
- 1) Support the development of women’s football at the grass-roots level in the region by funding existing programs/academies in the islands AND in diaspora communities in Canada and the United States
- 2) Supporting the growth and development of national teams by staging an annual exhibition match/mini tournament to provide a quality training experience and raise funds that will go directly into the women’s programs of the participating federations
- 3) Invest in the holistic wellness of the players by funding scholarships and programs that assist players with skillsets and tools to help them succeed outside of football once that time comes.
The launch of Football Is Freedom centers around an international friendly fundraising match between the national women’s teams of Jamaica and Costa Rica. In addition to helping fund the new initiative, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to each national team. Marley is particularly pleased that Costa Rica will join Jamaica on the pitch at DRV PNK Stadium. “In 2014, I was honored to attend the FIFA U-17 WWC finals in Costa Rica (as the guest of the late Capt. Horace Burrell). The Costa Rican federation’s investment in women’s football has helped to inspire my own ideas about the impact that the women’s game could have once given the proper support. Having two of our strongest female teams come together like this is a chance to demonstrate the potential depth and power of women’s football in this region.”
The Reggae Girlz and Las Sele both arrive in South Florida October 18th for a week of training and a two-game series. In adherence to FIFA- mandated COVID protocols, the delegations will be housed in protective isolation during the camp. The first match will be a closed-door scrimmage, and the finale will be a fundraising match open to the public. The camp is the result of a combined effort by the Bob Marley Foundation, Rita Marley Foundation, and Reggae Girlz Foundation. The match is being presented by Cedella Marley in association with Black Tower Agency.
Big Collab. Tallpree Returns with Jab, Julius Brings Sweet Soca.
There’s something very extraordinary that happens when the right people link up. It’s even better when it’s a musical meet-up and the synergy’s so strong that the song speaks volumes, even pre-promo. US based Socaartist, Julius has dropped a bomb, and he’s not alone on the move. He’s roped in Grenada’s Jab King, Tallpree in what can only be described as a nuclear reactor for the 2022 Soca experience.
A no holds barred kind of approach has undoubtedly produced the ultimate Soca lover’s anthem. What’s interesting is that even with no carnival 2022 announcement made in festival Mecca, Trinidad and Tobago just yet, ambitious artistes like Julius The Artist and Tallpreeare pushing ahead. ‘Too Wild’ is pure power. There’s nothing soft about this anthem that’s laced with elements of fervent festival fanaticism, yet set firmly in a melodical chamber that will prove irresistible to any real Soca music lover.
A hardcore Jab vibe meets Soca sweetness, and according to Julius, the connection’s always been there. It was merely a matter of time. “The riddim was sent to me by a friend, Rich London- the engineer of a band I was with called Impact 2. We’ve been friends for a long time,” explained the artist. He said the riddim was produced collaboratively by London and fellow producer Slaughter out of Ninja Samurai Productions. “When Rich sent me the riddim, I was captivated by it when I first listened. I got on a phone call with ZiahMusic- one of my collaborative songwriters. I also connected with Miche ‘The Producer’ Williams- a female writer and producer, and together we began the process of writing the song,” he said.
The song also got the expert attention of Peter ‘Wildfire’ Noel for vocal production and arrangement, since, as Julius put it, “I always like it when my music’s vocals and arrangement sound clear and perfect. Wildfire was a pivotal part of the project,” he admitted, adding that after things initially came together, the idea to add some spice to the vibe of the song, came to him. “I figured the only place we could get that spice was the Spice Isle itself, Grenada” he said happily.
Twenty years of friendship between Tallpree and Julius made the Soca alliance effortless. When the vocals were completed, final mastering expertise was provided by respected producer, Parry Jack and the end result is a powerful single that has the potential to raise the dead in 2022. The new single will be followed up by a music video soon. “This song is the epitome of spirituality, Jab, Soca and Power all combined and brought to life in proper vocal arrangement and lyrical content,” said Julius, noting that the team truly believes this is a special single.
The release of the new track was perfectly timed to coincide with theMiami Carnival this past weekend. Ultimately, the carnival calendar ends with Miami annually and new releases begin loading for the season of pandemonium that traditionally lies in wait. Now, it is with bated breath that carnival stakeholders worldwide await word on T&T’s next move, but even if the Greatest Show on Earth is again placed on hold, the music of the Caribbean will stand strong in representation, all thanks to names like Julius The Artist and Tallpree.
Press Release courtesy Etcetera The Company
Buju Banton’s Daughter Claims Dad Assaulted Her.
Reports that reggae and dancehall hit maker, Buju Banton and his daughter Abihail Myrie are at loggerheads -the 21-year-old making damaging claims of physical assault, against the “Upside Down 2020” album creator.
It’s not the first time that the young Myrie has publicly denounced her father.
In October 2020, a heated Twitter exchange between Abihail and Buju’s girlfriend, Tasha saw Tasha tweet, “Go study your books and stop allowing them to use you to tear down your father.” That came in response to Abihail’s counteraction to her father’s rant at the time, in opposition to the wearing of masks. She had defended the masks, telling her followers, “so anyway y’all, wear your masks!!!”
Fast forward to this week and the public is again receiving front row seat access to what appears to be a family dispute. The young woman is claiming that she has always been the family’s punching bag, alleging that both her father and brother have been abusive to her, and this morning showing images of a vehicle’s window smashed in, and an injury to her toe. She claimed, the assault took place during an altercation with her brother.
A missing person’s report was filed allegedly by Buju, indicating that Abihail was missing since October 9th. That report was subsequently debunked by the girl’s mother.
Further to this, a legal statement, delivered on behalf of Abihail Myrie by Attorney Robb Cunningham, states that Abihail was neither kidnapped nor imprisoned and was accessible at all times to her close friends or associates. It also states that Abihail is in fear for her life and invites the Jamaica Constabulary Force to be mindful of this.
Buju Banton is yet to comment publicly on this matter.
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