Abeng Central

PLEASE NOTE: As of 2013, this website is no longer updated

Abeng Central is closing

Dear reader, After four years of reporting news stories on Maroon communities in the Americas, Abeng Central is shutting down. This is the final post. I hope you have enjoyed … Continue reading

June 30, 2013 · 4 Comments

Accompong festival organisers say non-traditional vendors not welcomed

Source: Jamaica Star As Jamaica prepares for its 275th celebration of the Accompong Festival on Sunday January 6th, organizers of the event in St Elisabeth have raised the ‘not welcomed’ … Continue reading

January 5, 2013

Praise for Accompong book ‘My Father Said’

Colonel Ferron Williams of the Accompong Maroons and professor Verene Shepherd of the University of the West Indies have both lauded the book ‘My Father Said’, written by Deputy Colonel … Continue reading

December 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

Call for papers: the 5th Charles Town International Maroon Conference

The Fifth Charles Town International Maroon Conference is scheduled to take place in Portland, Jamaica, from 20 to 23 June, 2013. The theme for this year’s conference is “Maroon Lands, … Continue reading

September 3, 2012 · 2 Comments

Five lucky winners take home Dread & Alive poster and friendship bracelet

Dread & Alive and Abeng Central are happy to announce that their GiveAway was a great success. Over the past five weeks scores of fans of the Dread & Alive … Continue reading

August 7, 2012

Caribbean Maroons hope tourism can save culture

Source: David McFadden, Associated Press Charles Town, Jamaica (AP) – In a backwoods town along a river cutting between green mountains, quick-footed men and women spin and stomp to the … Continue reading

July 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

Dread & Alive and Abeng Central team up for exclusive giveaway

Dread & Alive creator Nicholas Da Silva and Abeng Central have teamed up for an exclusive giveaway campaign that honors the many devotees of the Dread & Alive saga. Between … Continue reading

July 4, 2012

Many offerings at 4th annual Charles Town Maroon Conference

Source: Paul Williams, Jamaica Gleaner The village of Charles Town, Portland, was buzzing last weekend with the fourth annual Charles Town Maroon Conference. Locals and visitors descended upon the historic … Continue reading

July 3, 2012

The journey continues – ‘Akwantu’ lights up Charles Town

Source: Paul H. Williams, Jamaica Gleaner History was once again created in historic Charles Town in Portland when Akwantu: The Journey was projected on to a big screen for its … Continue reading

July 2, 2012

Akwantu to premiere as part of Jamaica’s 50th jubilee celebrations

The Jamaican Ministry of Youth and Culture has designated the world premiere of the Maroon documentary film Akwantu as an endorsed event for ‘Jamaica 50’ – the official government program … Continue reading

June 2, 2012 · 2 Comments

Fans line up to become an extra in Maroon fictional series Dread & Alive

A casting call by Nicholas Da Silva, author of the famed Dread & Alive series, has generated over 500 responses from fans hoping to see themselves featured as an extra … Continue reading

May 11, 2012

Jamaica’s Maroon Day: Accompong remembers the treaty of 1738

Once again, the Maroons of Western Jamaica have celebrated the annual Accompong Maroon Festival with much gusto. The event was held over the course of the past weekend, starting on … Continue reading

January 11, 2012 · 2 Comments

Maroons head to the silver screen

Source: Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer In a celebration befitting the festive season, Hollywood-based Jamaican stuntman Roy T. Anderson gave the media a taste of history with an Afrocentric preview of … Continue reading

December 21, 2011

Nanny Town, Cunha Cunha Pass to be declared national monuments

Source: Pressrelease JNHT The Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) says it is in the process of declaring Nanny Town and the Cunha Cunha Pass as national monuments. “The sites form … Continue reading

August 21, 2011

Akwantu: The Journey

Source: BoxscoreNews As far back as Roy Anderson can remember his family in Jamaica has always spoken proudly of their Maroon heritage. The Maroons were former slaves who escaped the … Continue reading

August 11, 2011 · 3 Comments

Roy T. Anderson: Filmmaker documents his heritage

Source: Paul H. Williams, Jamaica Gleaner The story of the Jamaican Maroons goes back, perhaps, to when the first shipload of slaves arrived in the island. These nonconformists led a … Continue reading

August 11, 2011 · 3 Comments

Accompong Town gets Internet cafe

Source: Jamaica Observer SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — The Maroon community of Accompong Town in St Elizabeth, Jamaica, now has an Internet café, which was established through funding from the … Continue reading

April 1, 2011 · 1 Comment

3rd International Maroon Conference in Jamaica

The 3rd International Maroon Conference, “The Return,” will take place in Charles Town, Portland, Jamaica, on June 22-25 2011. The deadline for abstracts is March 30, 2011. The convention seeks … Continue reading

March 8, 2011 · 2 Comments

Marooned in Nova Scotia – A story of the Jamaican Maroons in Canada

Jamaican born author Horane Smith has written a novel on the experiences of the Jamaican Maroons who were deported to Canada in 1796. The book, entitled ‘Marooned in Nova Scotia’, … Continue reading

February 24, 2011

Jamaican Maroons demand autonomy

‘We want to be recognized by Jamaican Constitution’, says Maroon chief Source: Jamaica Observer, Horace Hines ACCOMPONG TOWN, St Elizabeth — Colonel Fearon Williams of the Accompong maroons last week … Continue reading

February 14, 2011

Jamaican Minister of State wants Maroon councils under Local Government umbrella

Source: Jamaica Observer, Horace Hines SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Local Government Robert Montague wants to draw Maroon councils … Continue reading

November 30, 2010

Tyshan Wright: maker of traditional Maroon ornaments

Story by Paul Williams, Jamaica Gleaner One of the biggest ironies of the annual Accompong Town Maroons’ celebrations over the last several years is the influx of vendors selling non-traditional … Continue reading

February 3, 2010

Jamaican chief signals return to traditional customs

Story by  Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer Colonel of the Accompong Maroons, Ferron Williams, has said there will be no more downtown market layout for future Accompong celebrations, as the practice … Continue reading

February 3, 2010 · 2 Comments

Jamaicans Celebrate Accompong Maroon Festival

On January 6, 2010, thousands of Jamaicans will travel to St. Elizabeth to partake in the annual Maroon Festival in Accompong. The day usually starts with the blowing of the … Continue reading

January 2, 2010 · 1 Comment

Women’s group gives female Maroons voice in Jamaica

Source: Kimesha Walters, Gleaner Writer Maroon chieftess Gloria Simms has started a group to give voice to female Maroons as well as preserve and transmit their culture in Jamaica. Simms, … Continue reading

November 24, 2009

Jamaican Maroon heritage resurrected in Flagstaff, St James

Source: Paul H. Williams, Gleaner Writer Photo: Chairman of the Local Forest Management Committee in Flagstaff, St James, Michael Grizzle (left), has the attention of dignitaries as he briefs them … Continue reading

November 7, 2009

Nanny’s legacy thrives in Moore Town

Source: Paul H. Williams, Gleaner Writer Alliah Wright, a student at Moore Town Primary and Junior High School, dancing up a storm. In his recently published book, ‘The Chieftainess – … Continue reading

October 26, 2009

Earl Witter urges Jamaican Maroons to enter rights charter debate

Source: Paul H. Williams, Gleaner Writer Photo: Earl Witter UNDER A makeshift tent, propped up by bamboo, patrons and residents of Moore Town listened intently to Public Defender Earl Witter … Continue reading

October 24, 2009

International Maroon Convention in Jamaica from June 20 – 23, 2010

The Charles Town Maroon Council (CTMC) in Jamaica has mandated the Management Planning Coordinating Committee (MPCC) to proceed with planning the Second International Maroon Convention: ‘The Abeng’. The convention is … Continue reading

September 23, 2009 · 2 Comments

Maroon drumming alive in Charles Town

Source: Paul Williams, Jamaica Gleaner On any regular day, visit Safu Yard, in Charles Town, Portland, and you will be entranced by the hypnotic sounds of Maroon drums. And chances … Continue reading

September 14, 2009

Brathwaite endorses Granny Nanny book

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Back in the 1970s when Harry Belafonte was making it big in Jamaica with his movie Buck and the Preacher, the Jamaican Parliament was being persuaded to … Continue reading

August 29, 2009

Jamaican Maroons for celebrations in Canada

Source: Paul Williams, Jamaica Gleaner To commemorate the 175th anniversary of emancipation of African slaves in the British West Indies and the 47th anniversary of Jamaica’s political independence, a 10-member … Continue reading

August 8, 2009

Don’t disrespect Maroons! – Jamaican official takes on The Oxford Dictionary

Source: Robert Lalah, Jamaica Gleaner You perhaps didn’t know about it, but there was a battle taking place over the past three months that saw a Jamaican going up against … Continue reading

July 25, 2009

Maroon power vacuum – Battle lines drawn in Accompong as leadership squabble stirs debate

Source: Paul Williams, Jamaica Gleaner In the Sovereign State of Accompong, St Elizabeth, a political stalemate of sorts is brewing among the Trelawney (sic) Town Maroons. On one side is … Continue reading

July 8, 2009

Maroons crash BBC taping – Not on sacred grounds, they say

Source: Paul Williams, Jamaica Gleaner A tense stand-off exists between Maroon leaders and a group of local community members over the taping of a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) documentary on … Continue reading

May 12, 2009

No ‘rampin’ with culture – Charles Town Maroons speak out

Source: Paul Williams, Jamaica Gleaner Dancehall artistes and advocates claim that this musical genre is an important part of the Jamaican culture. Yet, some people argue that it is an … Continue reading

March 8, 2009

Lessons from Accompong: No murders in 20 years

Source: Mark Beckford, Jamaica Gleaner As Jamaica grapples with the debilitating effects of crime and violence, the indigenous community of Accompong in St. Elizabeth stands out like an 18th-century Englishman … Continue reading

February 8, 2009

Former Maroon colonel lashes out on casino facility discussions

Source: Claudia Gardner, Jamaica Gleaner Meredie Rowe, former Accompong Town Maroon colonel, is taking issue with the decision of Colonel Sydney Peddie to reopen discussions with prospective developers to construct … Continue reading

January 11, 2009

Accompong Maroons creating tourism product

Source: Jamaica Gleaner Some 300 years ago, the Junitavan Lagoon, nestled in the hills and valleys of the Cockpit Country, was an inviting and central feature of the community of … Continue reading

August 12, 2008

Determining the value of the Cockpit – Maroon country to be studied by scientists

Source: Gareth Manning, Jamaica Gleaner A group  of internationally respected scientists and economists have begun hashing out a method to determine the economic value of biodiversity present in the Cockpit … Continue reading

May 20, 2008

Jamaican Maroons fight to preserve tradition

Source: Peter Kavanaugh,  Jamaica Gleaner It’s January 6, 2008. In the distance you can hear the haunting, melodious tones of the abeng, the traditional war horn of the Maroons, as … Continue reading

May 8, 2008

‘Maroon culture in jeopardy’ – Commercialisation of treaty ceremony worries Accompong

Source: Claudia Gardner, Jamaica Gleaner Some Accompong Maroons in St. Elizabeth are expressing concerns about the increasing commercialisation of their Peace Treaty Celebrations which, they contend, is threatening to devalue … Continue reading

January 10, 2008 · 1 Comment

Charles Town Maroons of Portland: Preparing for a better future

Source: Julian ‘Jingles’ Reynolds, Jamaica Gleaner Travelling up the Buff Bay River Valley to Charles Town in Portland recently, a friend, visiting from the United States, commented on how peaceful … Continue reading

June 30, 2007 · 2 Comments

Maroons unite in defense of Cockpit Country

Source: Garfield Myers , Jamaica Observer Accompong Town, St Elizabeth – Maroons from across Jamaica came together in Accompong Town for the annual January 6 celebration on Saturday, insisting they … Continue reading

February 15, 2007 · 2 Comments

JLP hails Maroon festival

Source: Jamaica Gleaner While environmentalist and bauxite interests continue to battle over the Cockpit Country, the Accompong Maroons who occupy a section of this area rich in flora and fauna … Continue reading

January 8, 2007