The Royal Family of Reggae, Morgan Heritage will perform at the United Nations (UN) as part of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, on Friday, March 25. The group is participating in the Living Legacy Concert, which takes place from 7pm to 9pm at the General Assembly Hall of the UN in New York City.
Featuring five offspring of reggae veteran Denroy Morgan, Morgan Heritage comprises of vocalist/keyboardist Una, vocalist Peter (“Jahpetes“), keyboardist/vocalist Roy (“Gramps“), rhythm guarist Nakhamyah (“Lukes“), and vocalist/MC/percussionist Memmalatel (“Mr. Mojo“). With this concert, the band continues their mission ofspreading roots reggae music to all ends of the globe andunitingpeople through music.
“The story of the end of the slave trade deserves to be told here in the United Nations,” states UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Indeed, the defense of human rights is at the heart of this Organization’s global mission.” In commemoration of the memory of the victims, the General Assembly declared March 25 the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, to be observed annually. This year’s commemoration is being observed under the theme “The Transatlantic slave trade: The living legacy of 30 million untold stories.”
In addition to Morgan Heritage, the concert features other prominent artists from Africa, the Caribbean and North and South America, including Melba Moore and Randy Weston of the U.S., Khaira Arby of Mali, and Garifuna artist Aurelio Martinez of Honduras. The multi-media program includes slave narratives and a reading by Dr. Julius Garvey from the publications of his father, Marcus Garvey. For more information, log on to http://www.un.org/en/events/slaveryremembranceday/events.shtml.