Byron W Brown, Mayor of the City of Buffalo, on Sunday, June 11, declared the day as Mark “Warrior King” Dyer Day during the Sankofa Days Block Party, part of the 42nd Juneteeth Festival in Buffalo, New York.
An obviously shocked Warrior King jumped with joy.
“I never expected it. This is definitely a huge milestone in my musical career. I thank Mayor Brown, my fans in New York and supporters all across the world for taking in the messages of purity, truth, strength and love which I try to deliver through my songs. Jah know, I feel so blessed,” says internationally acclaimed reggae singer.
The Juneteenth Festival was the perfect backdrop, being the third largest in the country; with a mission to actively preserve and promote the broad spectrum of African-American heritage through educational and cultural activities.
Warrior King is the first Jamaican singer to ever grace the stage at any of the celebrations of the Juneteenth Festival. The ‘Virtuous Woman’ singer said he felt honored to have performed – especially since much of his inspiration stems from the teachings of Marcus Mosiah Garvey; the same wisdom which is imparted by the annual Festival.
Mayor Brown made the presentation to the singer following King’s performance at the event hosted at 143 Broadway Avenue. Part of the proclamation to the reggae singer, narrated by the Mayor read:
“Among his many recognition and awards… Warrior King’s recent album The Rootz Warrior already has a global buzz around ‘Ain’t Giving Up’… with each song on the album bearing a different style and feel… Now, therefore, be it resolved that I Byron W Brown, Mayor of the City of Buffalo, do hereby proclaim, June 11, 2017 as: Mark “Warrior King” Dyer Day.”
Commenting on the recognition of his music, Warrior King shared that his music is more popular around the world than in his home country, Jamaica.
“I would say that 95 percent of my music is not known by Jamaicans… that is why I am always on the road…,” shares the ‘Never Go Where Pagans Go’ singer.
The news of Mark “Warrior King” Dyer Day comes on the heels of Warrior King’s sold out performance at the Afro-Phingstein Festival in Winterthur, Switzerland on June 2.