Kingston Mu­sic Week all set

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Shere­ita Griz­zle Gleaner Writer entertainment@glean­erjm.com

START­ING TO­DAY, live mu­sic will take over the city as the an­nual stag­ing of RJR’s Kingston Mu­sic Week gets un­der way. For a third straight year, the is­land’s cap­i­tal will open up to visi­tors and lo­cals alike for one week of mu­si­cal entertainment, show­cas­ing the best of the best from the lo­cal in­dus­try. Goldy Ro­drigues, project co­or­di­na­tor, Kingston Mu­sic Week 2016, told The Gleaner that this year’s stag­ing of the an­nual event prom­ises to take the entertainment value of the event to a whole new level. The an­nual event has been grow­ing each year, with over 20 events set to take place at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions across the Cor­po­rate Area dur­ing the course of the week, an im­prove­ment on the 16 events held last year.

The event gets started tonight with three ac­tiv­i­ties planned for the evening: the an­nual Kingston Mu­sic Week Sem­i­nar which takes place at the Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy’s au­di­to­rium, The Lis­ten­ing Party at Triple Cen­tury fea­tur­ing upand-com­ing artistes I-otosh, Col­lege Boiz, Blaqk Sheep, the Wixard and Diztroy, and an evening of mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence at the Edna Man­ley Col­lege of the Vis­ual and Per­form­ing Arts.

To­mor­row, some of the big­gest names in Ja­maica’s mu­si­cal his­tory will come to­gether for a wor­thy cause at the Third World and Friends Con­cert. Set to take place at the Hope Zoo, the event is slated to fea­ture artistes like Fred­die McGre­gor, Chronixx, Tony Rebel, Big Youth, and many more. The event is in aid of char­ity and all pro­ceeds from the con­cert will go to Chil­dren’s First, as well as the Al­li­ga­tor Head Foun­da­tion.

VIN­TAGE ARTISTES

The Ja­maica As­so­ci­a­tion of Vin­tage Artistes and Af­fil­i­ates will also host an event to­mor­row night at the Fab5 Head­quar­ters, 11 Spring­vale Av­enue. That event will fea­ture per­for­mances from Fab5, The Mighty Di­a­monds, Tinga Ste­wart, Bongo Her­man, Elaine Peart, The Hep­tones, Bagga Case and Stran­jah Cole, among oth­ers.

Three events are on sched­ule for Satur­day, but the main event set to soak up all the spot­light is the Smile Ja­maica 40th An­niver­sary con­cert, set to take place at the Bob Mar­ley Mu­seum. The con­cert fea­tur­ing Stephen Mar­ley, Dre Is­land, Kelissa, Runkus, Feluke, Black Hero, Irie So­jah, Up­ris­ing Roots Band, as well as sev­eral guest artistes, is to com­mem­o­rate the 40th an­niver­sary of the at­tempted as­sas­si­na­tion of reg­gae leg­end Bob Mar­ley.

Also on Satur­day, Richie Spice, Span­ner Ban­ner, Agent Sasco and Christo­pher Martin will head­line the an­nual All Spice Food and Reg­gae Fes­ti­val, at the LIME Golf Academy in New Kingston.

The cel­e­bra­tions through­out Kingston Mu­sic Week are not just to cel­e­brate the coun­try’s rich mu­si­cal legacy, but to also cel­e­brate Kingston be­ing named as a cre­ative city by UNESCO. With that said, the Min­istry of Entertainment will stage the of­fi­cial launch of the Cre­ative City Kingston at the wa­ter­front, down­town Kingston.

Rocker’s Con­cert, RE-TV Un­plugged and Level Up are a few of the other events sched­uled for the week, which cul­mi­nates on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 7 with the Con­scious Reg­gae Party at Ashanti Veg­e­tar­ian Restau­rant, 12 Braemar Av­enue, New Kingston.

The RJR Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Group is invit­ing fans of live mu­sic span­ning Ja­maica’s six gen­res of ska, mento, folk, rock­steady, reg­gae and dance­hall to come out and ex­pe­ri­ence what they say is the au­then­tic­ity of what has made Kingston, Ja­maica, into the ‘cre­ative city of mu­sic’ for the Caribbean.

RICHIE SPICE TONY REBEL CHRONIXX

FRED­DIE MCGREGGOR

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