Entertainer Elephant Man says the audience will be blown away at this year’s staging of Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival that takes place in Washington, DC, on Sunday.
Not only is the Nuh Linga deejay set to perform a diverse catalogue of music, but he will be serving up some heat on the festival menu as well.
“I am energised to be part of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in DC because it is wholesome family entertainment and even more for the reason that I was invited to cook as well,” Elephant Man said.
“It is good that it will be showing the people that it is not just entertainment but recording artistes are human. I am human, yeah, me ah deejay pon stage, but me can cook too,” the Energy God added.
The entertainer said that he has created a special recipe just for the festival, adding and that he plans to wow the crowd with his jerked porridge.
“So wah, them nuh have jerk ice cream and jerk fudge So why them can’t have the porridge as well? When me done wid the jerk festival, it going be like ah world domination.”
Entertainer Elephant Man and DJ Ricky Platinum will be competing in this year’s celebrity Quick Fire Cook-off.
Organisers say that an array of traditional, yet unique jerk flavours, is expected to stimulate the interest and palates of the patrons at the festival. Food and festivities aside, the event features some of the Caribbean’s talented entertainers keeping in tune with celebrating National Caribbean American Heritage Month; which is celebrated in June.
The musical performances will be delivered by a most varied line-up, which includes the likes of 45-year-old reggae group, Third World. Elephant Man, soca sensation Alison Hinds and fast-rising roots reggae band, New Kingston, are some of the names scheduled to perform on the festival lawns at RFK Stadium.
New Kingston is focused on dominating the festival stages – it being the first jerk festival for the band, comprised of a father and his three sons. They have added a drum solo, which incorporates African percussive styles to their regular reggae set.
“We are proud to represent at this year’s fest especially after touring extensively to develop our craft for a great live show experience and we are happy to share that through our style of reggae music,” said Courtney Panton Jr.
Steve Panton, the eldest son, added: “To relate to people of our heritage and ‘homeland’ is very important to us. Our music is about persevering and pushing through the different struggles we all go through and what better environment.”
The festival will feature other cultural presentations from Sounds of Culture, which will present traditional folk and mento songs and the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers.