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‘Arts in the Park’ showcases talented emerging Gospel artistes

Ministry of Tourism | 2014-12-05 00:00:00

The inspiring sound of praise and worship filled Turtle River Park, St. Ann, on Sunday, November 30 as some 25 young and emerging Gospel artistes performed for local patrons and international talent scouts at the staging of ‘Arts in the Park’ the Gospel Edition.

New and emerging artistes such as Kevin Smith, Anishca Sinclair, Chozenn, Latoya HD and Levy’s Heritage were among the talented line up that took to the stage with passionate performances of electrifying Gospel in a variety of genres, including Reggae, Dancehall and R&B.

The third staging of ‘Arts in the Park’was hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, in association with Glory Music and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), as part of an ongoing effort by the ministry to develop the local entertainment industry and give artistes international exposure. The event was sponsored by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).

In lauding the talented lineup of artistes, State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Damion Crawford, said he was pleased with the performances and happy with the reaction of the international talents scouts and international media representatives from the United States who were in Jamaica to network with the artistes, give valuable advice and watch their performances. These included WORD Cable Network TV personality and international recording artiste, Johnny Sanders; one of New York City's most popular radio personalities, Liz Black of WBLS NY Radio; and Clive Ennis of CAnthony Entertainment Agency, one of the leading booking agencies for gospel talent in the US.

“At this time the Government is looking at entertainment as being much broader than Reggae.  Gospel is one area that we are giving greater exposure,” said Minister Crawford, noting that “despite the weather the quality and variety on display was very impressive.  We had different types of Gospel – Reggae, Dancehall and R&B.”

Minister Crawford pointed out, however, that Arts in The Park is not just about entertainment. “It is also about giving local artistes international exposure.  As a result of the last Arts InThe Park five poets and spoken word performers were invited to the city of Bristol to participate in ‘Jamaica Rising’, a programme of events celebrating a new Bristol-Jamaica cultural partnership,” said Minister Crawford.
Underscoring Minister Crawford’s point Liz Black said, “it is very important that we take time out to encourage independent artistes so that if they are at the point where they feel they cannot continue they are given more ammunition to do Kingdom building.”

“I think Arts In The Park is a wonderful initiative.  I loved all the artistes. Rarely do I go to a concert and enjoy everybody.   And the fact that many have written their own music, I have a lot of respect for them.  I am going to keep in touch with them and help them do bigger and better things,” Ms. Black added.

Mr. Sanders said “I was both enriched and inspired by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment's commitment to the Gospel Music Industry in Jamaica and abroad. It was indeed a pleasure being in fellowship with all those who participated and I am excited about future productions, events and happenings.”

Artistes who performed on the show will receive international exposure as interviews and information on the event will be aired on radio stations across the world such as K107Jamz FM in Canada, WBLS NY Radio in New York and carried in the February – March 2015 issue of Gospel USA Magazine.

Glory Music’s Tommy Cowan said, “these artistes have done so well and the next generation of Gospel artistes are ready to take on the world.”

The ‘Arts In The Park’ initiative was conceived by the Ministry’s Entertainment Advisory Board to increase the quality of local entertainment offerings, while providing international booking agents and talent scouts opportunities to sign local acts and experience the “best of Jamaica”.  It is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and several stakeholders from the entertainment sector and creative industries.

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