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Jamaica honours Beres Hammond, Delroy Wilson, Charlie Chaplin and Fil Callender

Jamaica honours Beres Hammond, Delroy Wilson, Charlie Chaplin and Fil Callender

Jamaica honours Beres Hammond, Delroy Wilson, Charlie Chaplin and Fil Callender

By Angus Taylor on Monday, August 12, 2013 - 5 comments

Legendary singers, deejays and drummers included in this year’s honours list.

Beres HammondBeres Hammond is to be awarded the Order of Jamaica this October for his achievements in music.

According to the Jamaica Observer "Hammond is among seven persons who will receive Jamaica's fourth highest honour, to be handed out by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen on October 21 at King's House."

Golden voiced Studio 1 crooner Delroy Wilson will posthumously receive the Order of Distinction. The deejay Charlie Chaplin will be collecting the same title.

But the most unexpected and uplifting news for dedicated reggae fans is an Order of Distinction for Panamanian born drummer Fil Callender - who Sly Dunbar credits as inventing the steppers pattern on Winston Francis’ Studio 1 hit Mr Fix It.

Callender told United Reggae, “I was recommended by other musicians last year but did not get it then. I had actually forgotten about it as I did not know that another application was sent in for me this year. I received a call on Emancipation day from the Prime Minister's office. It took me a couple seconds to realize it was not one of my friends 'pranking' me. I feel a sense of pride but with deep humility to receive this award.”

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Posted by Bellyman on 08.13.2013
To give honours to the people who made Jamaica famous in the world has been too long a time coming. Sadly and very late the country is coming to senses with its own musical heritage. I only wish that the people in Jamaica will one day very soon recognise this too, not only some officials who feel the need to apologise for all the wrongs of the past. A people that forgets about his culture will know no future.

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