Atlanta’s Tribute to the Merritone Brand

 Musical Memories and Merriment


Jamaicans in Atlanta recently held a musical tribute to honor the life and contributions of the late Winston “Merritone” Blake, OD.

The event featured DJs, Paul Abrahams, Migrane, Tony Randall, Cold Dice and Greg. Music filled the ballroom at C&J Hideaway and kept the guests dancing from Saturday, March 26th until 4:00 am on Sunday. Reggae entertainer Malvo added to the evening’s entertainment options.

A Slideshow presentation featuring images from Merritone’s visits to Atlanta over the decades and other memorable moments of his life played throughout the evenng. Posters were also mounted around the room showing the many moods of the legend. Signatures were captured on a mounted fan favorite picture.

At midnight, Winston’s brother, Monte Blake was introduced for a few remarks. He was presented with a plaque commemorating Winston’s contribution to the Sound System genre and Jamaican music in general. He was also surprised by a large cake for his birthday which was on the day previous.

Monte gave a second speech after he was presented with the box of donations by Mikey Sparkle, Jannice O’Shea and Bobby Walters.

Sponsors of the event included Kool Runnings, Island Jerk Center, Vibes Nite Club, Island Links Business Pages, DaFLava Radio, WRFG, Future Movement Radio, InnOvaShea Event Experience, Tony Gray, Errol Ritchie and Copeland Comrie.

The evening’s program, a Mickey Sparkle Production, was coordinated by Jannice O’Shea of InnOvaShea Event Experience and emceed by Radio Host, Wayne Hall.

Pre and post event interviews were given by host, Jannice O’Shea, to Jamaica Observer, Jamaica Star, Power 106FM and Toronto’s Vibe 1055.

Photos were contributed by Xpressive Fotos.

Glen Laman –

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1 Response to Atlanta’s Tribute to the Merritone Brand

  1. tania sky says:

    I very rarely attend events, so when I do I insist on having a marvelous time. I’ll never forget this night. Though I left after 1AM and didn’t get to partake in the ‘serious footwork that drop’ I danced the night away with no hall and pull up nor any profanities. I apologized to a lady for bumping her and she made it clear there’s no need for apologies for ‘when this sweet music hold you is pure niceness.’

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