The annual Merritone Family Funday, the largest Caribbean Family Funday in the USA will be held this year on Sunday, August 14, 10 AM – 7 PM at Heckscher State Park, Pavilion #2, East Islip, Long Island, NY. This year’s event will be dedicated to the memory and legacy of music maestro Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake who passed away in February and event organizers say they are planning a massive celebration to honor his legacy.
Winston was one of the famous Blake brothers (Trevor, Monte and Tyrone) who founded Merritone Music. Merritone was the first Jamaican Sound System to venture overseas taking “merri music” to cities such as London, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, New York, Hartford, Toronto, L. A, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, and Washington D.C. At home, Blake and his brothers made a huge impact on the music industry as sound system operator, club owner and organizer of the popular Merritone Amateur Talent contest. Blake was given The Order of Distinction, Officer Class for his contribution to Jamaica’s entertainment industry over a decade ago. In 2012 he was the recipient of a proclamation from the office of Yvette Clarke, 11th Congressional District, New York and an ‘Appreciation Award,’ from Irie Jam Radio for his contribution to the music industry.