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Celine Dion to grace Jamaica Jazz

Published: 
Sunday, January 1, 2012

Acclaimed Canadian songstress Celine Dion is all set for the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. It will be held in honour of Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. The premiere of the festival is dedicated to all the rich sounds that have shaped Jamaica’s music over the past 50 years, and so will feature ska, rocksteady, dancehall and reggae, made world famous by Bob Marley. A release from Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) president Bevan Springer said: “Across the Caribbean Diaspora, Jamaican promoter Walter Elmore’s Art of Music Productions (AMP) successful bid to attract mega star Celine Dion to the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is being viewed as a boost for the festival and for the region.”


“Two years ago when the organisation began its efforts to entice the musical icon to the festival, they had no idea how they could pull it off. “But I’m a firm believer that if you have an idea, you work at it. If you don’t try you’ll never succeed,” said Elmore, AMP’s chairman. Elmore said it took some “jumping through hoops” but now all systems are set for Dion’s first performance in the Caribbean. The release said: “Her production team is amazing and has been working with my team to make sure that everything’s in place. It is going to be an exceptional show.”


Great show expected
Dion is scheduled to perform on the Friday night of the festival, which runs from January 26 to 28, 2012. In addition to Dion, a dazzling lineup of top international, regional and local superstars has been announced for the three-day festival which takes place at the Trelawny Stadium. Joining her are Cee Lo Green, Nicole Henry, Heads of State, Jully Black, Earl Klugh, The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Destra, Gentleman; and Jamaica’s finest musical talent, including Shaggy, Richie Stephens, John Holt, Yellow Man, Half Pint, Tessanne Chin and Tami Chynn, Marcia Griffiths, Lloyd Parkes and We The People, George Nooks, Luciano, Mykal Rose, AJ Brown, Freddy McGregor, Pluto Shervington, Etana, Chris Martin, Marcia Barrett (Boney M) and Byron Lee’s Dragonaires.

 

The Festival

Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival was started in 1996 by Air Jamaica, in association with the Jamaica Tourist Board and several other business entities. Walter Elmore took over in 2004. It is now a favourite on the calendar not only for Jamaicans but people from all over the world. The event has now been expanded to include the resort regions of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.
• For further info, contact Bevan Springer, at  [email protected]

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