Jamaica: FI WI SINTING 2013

By :- Janette Brin

Lifestyle & Culture

The 23rd Annual Fi Wi Sinting Festival

Come to Jamaica for the 23rd annual staging of the Fi Wi Sinting Festival, the family fun filled day is the longest running and only one of its kind celebrating African heritage in Jamaica!

The scenic venue is within easy access on the main North Coast Highway heading towards Port Antonio in the town of Hope Bay. Somerset Falls world known for its lush vegetation, exotic flora, ambiance, tranquility and cascading waterfalls is transformed into a huge market place representative of African Jamaican culture.  The drive from Kingston to Somerset Falls is approximately 1 ½ hours. 

On Sunday, 17th February 2013, the fun begins at 10am with a full day of music of African origin.  Experience the pulsating rhythms of the Kumina drums brought to... our shores from the Congo, the mento band our own indigenous folk music, participate in Nyabinghi chanting with Rastafarians, or join children as they playfully follow closely behind the Jonkonoo band with its main character Pitchy Patchy which travelled with us from West Africa. Mutabaruka who has been participating since the inception of Fi Wi Sinting connects us to the motherland with his vast repertoire of music from the continent at the African Dance party.  Dine on traditional food such as dukonoo brought from Ghana, sweet potato puddings, fried fish and bammy or vegetarian from raw to ital. 

Spoken word is expressed through our stories of that cunning spider Ananse also from West Africa as told by story teller extraordinaire Amina Blackwood Meeks along with resident poets Royal African Soldiers and their friends and in an open mike segment where participants are free to express themselves. Each year there is a main attraction and we close by paying homage to our dear beloved ancestors.

But wait, there's more: the day will be marked by a live performance by internationally acclaimed mento band The Jolly Boys featuring Albert Minott.  A Marcus Garvey exhibition will be hosted by The Institute of Jamaica’s Liberty Hall.   In addition this year’s children activities will be coordinated by the Sankofa project which will offer activities such as African mask making, storytelling, face painting and more.  We also are pleased to host, for the first time ever, a live broadcast by Irie FM of the Running Africa radio program with Andrea Williams.

Foundation President Pauline Petinaud remarks: “It is a honor for us to be part of preserving our traditions and culture for future generations …. You don’t have to just read about it  …. Come and experience it live and living color.”

Fi Wi Sinting is where Jamaicans from all walks of life meet , greet and mingle with visitors/tourists in a family setting while indulging in Fi Wi Sinting the Jamaican phrase meaning” It is ours”.  Over 20 local, regional and national musicians will perform on Sunday 17th February 2013. Each year, more than 3,000 visitors gather at Someret Falls River Park in Hope Bay Portland to enjoy the wide variety of music performed on and off stage.

Everyone is invited to the annual celebration of African heritage in Jamaica “Fi Wi Sinting” to expand your knowledge of the universal language of music while creating memories of our ancestral days that will last a lifetime.

 

For more information contact Pauline “Sista P” Petinaud, Fi Wi Sinting Foundation Phn 876.913.0103 Fax 876.913.0103 Email info@fiwisinting.com Web http://www.fiwisinting.com

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