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Jamaican-born Horatio M Bennett is a long-time resident of Detroit, Michigan. He is a Cancer and West Nile Virus Survivor, a former NPR broadcaster and publisher of SourceNews. He was inducted in the MetroTimes Music Hall of Fame (1984) and is recipient of “The Spirit of Detroit” Award. In 1973 Horatio single-handed created and conducted the first Caribbean carnival in Detroit; an event that brought thousands into the city, thus adding to the spectacular downtown summer activities. He literally brought Caribbean music to Detroit; hosting the West Indian Hour on WIID-1090am, The Caribbean Connection Radio Show on WDET-101.9fm and on WJLB - 1400am. This was during the period when no one even heard of reggae music. In 1970, Horatio formed the Heatwaves Express Reggae band and recorded the city's first reggae music, 'Save the Land.' The band name was later changed to the Herbal Experience Reggae Band (HERB) and went on to become a staple in Detroit's musical landscape. He was recognized by former Detroit mayors, Coleman A. Young and Kwame Kilpatrick, and former Michigan Governor William Milliken. Horatio studied at Post University (BSc. in Human Services, (minor, Criminal Justice), and has written several books – co-authored by wife and ‘best friend,’ Natasha. As Director of The Committee for Caribbean Civic and Social Responsibilities (3CSR,) an entity dedicated to assist Caribbean national in becoming more viable and responsible members of society, Horatio is spearheading the building of the world's first and only Caribbean Museum. He and his wife, Natasha are directors of the Horatio and Natasha Bennett Foundation
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