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by Dave Rodney

NY: As excitement continues to build for the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival that takes place this Sunday July 17 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, the event promoters have announced the addition of Miss Jamaica World 2015 Sanneta Myrie and UK-based singer/ songwriter Mark-Anthony Abel to the already impressive list of talent and personalities for this year’s cultural and culinary extravaganza.

The New York City festival is in its sixth year, and the dreadlocked Dr. Sanneta Myrie who wowed a global television audience from Sanya, China in the Miss World contest to eventually finish in the top five will be a participant in the always popular and entertaining Celebrity Cook Off contest. With her warm and embracing personality, and her knowledge of nutrition, Myrie will teach New Yorkers a thing or two about jerking up a tasty and delicious meal. Last year, the eventual contest winner was New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.

Another addition to this year’s festival is Mark-Anthony Abel who will bring his own soulful flavor of British pop to New York City. Although Abel was born in the UK, he has Jamaican roots and he has in the past opened for the likes of Amy Winehouse in London. He is currently in the United States for an extended period after having recently performed on the Prince Tribute Concert at Caribbean Fashion Week in Kingston.

In addition to performing cuts from his new album, Naked Future, Abel will also perform a powerful song that was specially written to address the unwelcomed wave of police shootings across the United States. He will be joined by reggae icons Third World alongside crowd pleasers Dexta Daps, Gyptian, Rupee, Ikaya, and comedian Pretty Boy Floyd.

“I am very pleased that once again this year, we have been able to offer to New Yorkers a diverse entertainment package that is as sizzling as the food offerings”, Eddy Edwards, festival founder said. “We are expecting this year’s festival to be the best ever”, he added.

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