Kings­ton Mu­sic Week plans in high gear

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

JA­MAI­CA – A month be­fo­re the start of Kings­ton Mu­sic Week, or­ga­ni­zer, the RJR Group, is put­ting all the pie­ces to­gether to en­su­re the event is as suc­ces­sful as the past three sta­ging’s.

The week-long fes­ti­val will boast 19 events and is sche­du­led to run from De­cem­ber 1-7. Kings­ton Mu­sic Week Pro­ject Coor­di­na­tor Gol­dy Ro­dri­ques said the events are co­ming to­gether ni­ce­ly as most acts ha­ve al­rea­dy con­fir­med.

“This is year four and this ti­me we ha­ve so­me very ex­ci­ting events as well as new ve­nues go­ing in­to ma­king Kings­ton Mu­sic Week the gre­at ce­le­bra­ti­on of li­ve mu­sic in the ci­ty that it has co­me to be known sin­ce in­cep­ti­on. In­te­res­tin­gly, we kick off on De­cem­ber 1 with a se­mi­nar and pa­nel dis­cus­si­on on what it re­al­ly means for Kings­ton to be de­sig­na­ted a cre­a­ti­ve ci­ty. With the UNESCO (Uni­ted Na­ti­ons Edu­ca­ti­o­nal, Scien­ti­fic and Cul­tu­ral Or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on) de­sig­na­ti­on, we re­al­ly want to draw on the thoughts, opi­ni­ons and ide­as of in­du­stry play­ers and see how well this can be de­vel­o­ped fur­ther.”

The ope­ning day’s events al­so in­clu­de a lis­te­ning par­ty fea­tu­ring the works of a num­ber of lo­cal pro­du­cers. This event, Ro­dri­ques ex­plai­ned, is being sta­ged to ta­ke a look at the minds be­hind the mu­sic and exa­mi­ne what goes on be­hind the sce­nes be­fo­re we hear a re­cor­ding. The­re is al­so a fea­tu­re li­ve mu­sic jam ses­si­on at the Ed­na Man­ley Col­le­ge of the Vi­su­al and Per­for­ming Arts in Kings­ton. Day two will see the sta­ging of the JAVAA Mu­sic Fes­ti­val sta­ged by the Ja­mai­ca As­so­ci­a­ti­on of Vin­ta­ge Ar­tis­tes and Af­fi­li­a­tes. This will be held at the Fab 5 he­ad­quar­ters in St And­rew. Al­rea­dy con­fir­med for this show is The Migh­ty Dia­monds, Tin­ga Ste­wart and Fab 5. The third day — De­cem­ber 3 — will see a con­cert to com­me­mo­ra­te the 40th an­ni­vers­a­ry of the Bob Mar­ley’s Smi­le Ja­mai­ca Con­cert. Step­hen Mar­ley is set to head­line this event at the Bob Mar­ley Mu­se­um in Kings­ton. Day three will al­so play host to Hel­lo Again, a jazz jam fea­tu­ring pi­a­nist Ha­rold Da­vis and friends. This will be held at the Wi­ne Shop in Sout­h­da­le Pla­za. Ro­dri­ques no­t­ed that Kings­ton Mu­sic Week of­fi­ci­al­ly clo­ses on De­cem­ber 7 with four events.

The­se are Tri­ple Cen­tu­ry Li­ve at the po­pu­lar sports bar in New Kings­ton. The­re will al­so be Le­vel Up at ano­ther new ve­nue, Le­vel 96 on Ho­pe Road. The po­pu­lar wee­kly event Wed­dy Wed­dy Li­ve will be held at Sto­ne Lo­ve he­ad­quar­ters on Bur­ling­ton Ave­nue. Al­so on the ca­len­dar is Con­scious Reg­gae Par­ty The Acous­tic Edi­ti­on at the As­han­ti Ve­ge­ta­ri­an Res­tau­rant. This event will fea­tu­re Isha Blen­da and her fa­ther Ever­ton Blen­da, Ka­ba­ka Py­ramid, and War­ri­or King among other acts.

(Ja­mai­ca ob­ser­ver)

Ri­chie Spi­ce. (the9­ele­ments)

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