For one hour on Tuesday, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Competition held the consideration of tunes field players and sponsors as they employed their formal start occasion to cement the festival’s return, after a five-calendar year hiatus. All the many factors of the a few-night pageant, rescheduled from a formerly announced day in January to March four-six, arrived together throughout the virtual occasion guided by jazz pageant doyenne Marcia McDonnough.
The organisers, Continual Graphic Media Group and Touchstone Productions, outlined their programs for the initial-at any time absolutely virtual staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Competition, which is enormous on supplying not only unforgettable performances, but “an practical experience,” virtual or not. Under the concept ‘Bringing Back the Magic’, the occasion has captured the consideration and guidance of sponsors and partners, like Appleton, the Jamaica Vacationer Board and Mastercard, whose representatives spoke glowingly of the forthcoming occasion, when alluding to its legacy.
There were being cameos from an intriguing array of Jamaica Jazz and Blues Competition newbies, these as Tesselated Zia Benjamin Music Unites artistes Moon Earth and Fullness and Janine JKhul, an alternate singer who was a short while ago featured on CNN’s ‘Voices of the Pandemic’, as properly as reggae singer Jah9, who recalled executing many years in the past on the festival’s significantly-sought-after Tiny Phase. Also among the younger faces featured were being all eight users of the band, Eight the ATF Band, and Raven, who will all complete on the initial night, obtaining amazed in the Bandquest research.
This is testament to the festival’s want to attain a wider audience. McDonnough famous that the audience has to “evolve into our younger people”. She included, “Their tunes is ageless and we consider that the people my age will enjoy it and at the exact same time, they will convey in a new audience into the pageant. We have to evolve to ensure the festival’s long term is ensured.”
In sync with that mandate, social media influencer Quite Perry will host Night One particular Terri-Karelle Reid, Night 3 and the relatives that is progressively getting regarded across the planet, the Mitchells, has a specific purpose carved out, which includes internet hosting Night Two. The relatives, whose YouTube reality display Meet up with the Mitchells has secured a enormous subsequent, has been roped in for a tourism-associated aspect known as ‘Stay With Us’, which showcases some of the accommodations in the island. This also ties in neatly with ‘Circle Jamaica’, labelled as an journey across the island, with host, singer Richie Stephens, who is observed examining in at some of the best getaway and hangout places. This is all element of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues practical experience.
With help from the Tourism Improvement Fund and the Tourism Linkages Community, an artisan village will be set up virtually, internet hosting a group of 10 to twelve of Jamaica’s very best artistic and creative business people who will promote and promote primary art, sculpture, clothes, ceramics, woodwork and jewellery. The village will open up shortly prior to the pageant and near after pageant.
With regard to the line-up that has so considerably been exposed, McDonnough famous that the pageant is shifting the way points are perceived. In solution to a problem about the best act, she explained, “We are shifting away from a best act. We have an international now booked, which is Grammy-successful Jon Secada, who has been with the pageant prior to. One particular of the points we are doing is bringing again artistes who have done on the pageant prior to. One particular of causes we had to postpone is that COVID in the States is definitely terrible and we are working at receiving some far more international artistes, but we never have any to announce these days but we will in the long term.”
Lila Iké, Sevana and Mortimer are also confirmed for the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Competition.
There will be no obligatory charge, but the organisers will be gathering donations for a charity to support out-of-do the job complex occasion practitioners.