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Outstanding Orators

Outstanding Orators for the
6th Annual
Public Speaking Competition

Awesome thanks to Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica(PBCJ) for television interviews with high school orators vying for Rita Marley Foundation(JA) Public Speaking title.
Please view the video of the program they shared with us!

Harambe November 2019 – February 2020

In This Issue

  • Dr. the Honourable Alferita Constantia Marley Personal Message
  • Outstanding Orators for the 6th Annual Public Speaking Competition
  • Teaching the Youth Through Music
  • International Day for Older Person Workshop
  • Values & Attitudes Workshop at Mary’s Child Home
  • Meet Elders At Alpha & Omega Home for the Aged, Kononuru Ghana
  • Alzheimer’s Education Workshop for elders

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Strong Black Women

In April 2019, the Rita Marley Foundation(JA) launched its inaugural Song Writing Competition, for high schoolers.

The theme, Strong Black Women & Their Role in History. Results were announced on International Reggae Day, July 1.

Ardenne High School’s Afaya Pollack emerged overall winner-awarded $50,000 cash.

The Foundation enlisted master producer/musician Asley ‘Grub’ Cooper, to create a musical masterpiece, with the winning piece. On Friday November 15, Afaya Pollack and York Castle High School’s Shawvick Barrett(3rd place finalist) were in studio, with Grub, recording the song.

We invite you to download this track with and/or without vocals.

Please share your singing and/or dancing along to the tune with us! We would like to share your enjoyment of the song on our social sites.

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For more information on making contributions, please contact us.

Our Thanks

Wholehearted thanks to Dr. Rita Marley, President/Founder Rita Marley Foundation,
Stephanie Marley(Director), Rosemary Duncan(Manager) & the incredible judging panel:
Ms. Beverley Lashley, CEO, National Library of Jamaica; Mr. Vernon Derby, Media Personality, Nationwide News Network 90FM; Dr. Keino Senior,Dean School of Arts Management and Humanities (SAMH) Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts; Dr. Michael Harris, Director of Studies at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

We Salute Dr. Alfarita Constantia Marley OD/LITT

We Salute Dr. Alfarita Constantia Marley OD/LITT
Recipient of the 2019 Reggae Icon Award, from the Government of Jamaica.
In recognition of long & meritorious contributions to the growth and worldwide popularity of Reggae Music, and impactful humanitarian work through the Rita Marley Foundation.

Award was officially presented on August 6, by Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon. Andrew Holness and President of the Republic of Kenya, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, during 57th Independence Anniversary celebrations, at the National Stadium.

Harambe July – November 2019

In This Issue

  • High Schoolers Pen Their Best Lyrics for Song Writing Competition
  • Music Education for Basic Schoolers
  • St. Isaac’s Basic School Grateful for Assistance
  • Academic Giants Rita Marley Competition Winners Dialogue
  • Rita Marley Foundation(JA) sponsored Clean Up Exercise At EOC premises, Maxfield Avenue.
  • Donation to Abuna Yeshaq Home for the Aged
  • Wonderful Works in Konkonuru, Ghana Rita Marley Foundation(Ghana)

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Lioness Of Reggae

The Best Of RitaMarley: #LionessOfReggae, a limited edition vinyl-exclusive compilation album, is out everywhere!

Track Listings
Disc: 1
1. Harambe
2. One Draw
3. A Jah Jah
4. That’s the Way
5. Who Feels It Knows It
6. King Street
7. Thank You Jah
8. Good Morning Jah
9. I’m Still Waiting
10. Pay Play

Rita Marley Foundation(JA) Songwriting Competition

High Schoolers in Jamaica are invited
to participate in the inaugural event!

The Song Should Be Focused on
‘Strong Black Women & Their Role in History.’

Teachers should submit song(s) no later than June 1, 2019; with student(s) bio and head shot.

Email to:


  • 1st place $50,000, plus other splendid prizes
  • 2nd place $25,000, plus other splendid prizes
  • 3rd place $15,000, plus other splendid prizes

Judging Criteria

Song Structure and Composition(20 Points)

  • The song has a clear theme or cohesive idea
  • The song has clearly identifiable sections, verse, chorus, etc.

Lyrics(20 Points)

  • The song is written in English or Patois
  • The lyrics evoke an emotional response from the listener
  • Lyrics are syntactically and grammatically correct, while allowing for colloquial expressions and artistic language use.
  • The lyrics are singable and memorable
  • The lyrics have an identifiable rhyme scheme or pattern

Originality and Content(60 Points)

  • The song expresses the theme in a new or fresh way
  • The song is memorable
  • The song has commercial potential
  • The song must have a title
  • The song focused on strong black women and their role in history