Gospel show tar­geted by scam­mers “

The Star (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE - CUR­TIS CAMP­BELL STAR Writer

The re­cently held Kingston Jerk & Gospel Mu­sic Fes­ti­val was tar­geted by scam­mers, who at­tempted to use fake tick­ets to sway un­sus­pect­ing pa­trons.

Or­gan­iser, gospel artiste Chozzen, con­demned the prac­tice and ad­viced pa­trons at­tend­ing en­ter­tain­ment events to go through the right chan­nels.

“Our team caught up quickly, then the po­lice han­dled it with ur­gency. The at­tacks came, but we were pre­pared for it even though it caused a few hic­cups in our main show. Thank­fully, we came out the vic­tors, so we are send­ing up the praises,” he told THE WEEK­END STAR.

Chozzen said the scam jus­ti­fies why it is nec­es­sary for such a fes­ti­val to be pro­moted in the is­land. He be­lieves the Gospel can cur­tail crim­i­nal­ity.

“Lets be real, the harsh re­al­ity is that we can’t stop crim­i­nals, du­ties,” he said.

Aside from the hic­cups, Chozzen was pleased with the sup­port.

“It’s our sec­ond stag­ing, and we are ex­pand­ing. Our team is happy. There’s al­ways room for growth, but we are grow­ing ex­tremely fast. This is all God, and we are su­per-ex­cited as to how the Holy Spirit will con­tinue to lead. This year, we had 3,678 pa­trons, and God’s will­ing, next year, we’ll hit the 5,000 mark or even ex­ceed that,” he said.

He cred­its the suc­cess of this years fes­ti­val to a strong line-up and im­proved mar­ket­ing.

“We had a stellar line-up, but our mar­ket­ing team went all the way from so­cial me­dia to ra­dio, tele­vi­sion and print me­dia. Our am­bas­sadors took to the streets and homes lit­er­ally, and our bill­boards were all over Kingston. Our Fash­ion and Karate Show, Shop­ping Strip, Kid­dies Vil­lage, Food Vil­lage and Celebrity Cookoff went well,” he said.


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