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L'Acadco Heads to One Love Festival in Japan
L'Acadco A Caribbean Dance Force is getting ready to participate in the 2014 staging of Japan's One Love Reggae Festival. The dance troupe will be departing with an 18 member strong contingent, including dancers, drummers, technical specialist Nardia Roxborough and the founder and artistic director, Dr. L'Antoinette Stines.
The 2014 One Love Reggae Festival, June 21 and 22, 2014, is anticipating over 50,000 people in attendance. Though it is Japan's largest reggae festival, for the majority of its history, the Tokyo held festival has occurred without Jamaicans on the stage, a state that has been slowly changing over the past few years.
"We're taking Jamaican history embodied in our dance," Dr. Stines said. She explained that the troupe would be pulling from several genres of dance including, Kumina, contemporary Dancehall as well as the troupe's signature style, L'Antech.
His Excellency Yasuo Takase brought greetings. He pointed out that Jamaica's participation in this years One Love Festival was being used to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Japan.
"I'm very pleased about the successful outcome of this event. This will be one of the highlights of our year of celebrations," Ambassador Takase said.
Stephen Josephs, The One Love Festival representative in Jamaica, explained that he became involved in trying to get a Jamaica presence on the festival two years ago after the then Jamaican Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador Claudia Barnes, was cited in an article speaking about Jamaica's absence from the festival which celebrates the island's culture.
The full Jamaican contingent will also include Kiddus I, Eric Donaldson and Macka Ruffin. The 2014 staging of the One Love Festival will be the 11th edition of the event.