Exclusive party to promote 'Jamaican Mafia'
Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer
The Palms on Constant Spring Road, Kingston, was the place to be last Monday night, as Exquisite - The Ultimate Red Carpet Party, got under way. The ultra-inclusive party served as the first in a series of entertainment events leading up to the official premiere of the much-anticipated film, Jamaican Mafia.
Though off to a late start, early guests almost didn't mind the wait as the ambiance had them completely relaxed as they enjoyed the numerous cocktails served by the Rum Bar-sponsored bar.
Early entertainment was provided by A'Lisa Shaw and her guitarist, Floyd, who sang a wide range of hits from various artistes himself, including Rihanna and Bob Marley. Thankfully, the event gained momentum by the hour, and by midnight, the party was in full swing.
To say the stars were out in their numbers, would be an understatement as not only were the stars of the movie present, but a number of celebrities from the music industry, including G Whizz and Chino McGregor, turned up to show their support.
It was almost as if the night had two sessions because as soon as ZJ Ice took control of the turntables, the energy at the venue was taken to a new level. Spinning hits from Sean Paul, Rihanna, Miguel, and John Legend, the deejay took his time in getting the crowd warmed up before switching to dancehall with tracks from Elephant Man, Agent Sasco, Vybz Kartel, and others.
The promoters promised food, and they did not disappoint as Eskay Catering kept the sizable crowd inside the venue fed all night long. Shrimp and pork cocktails, chicken wraps, and escoveitch fish were among the delectable delights offered.
The patrons enjoyed the party, but perhaps what they enjoyed most was the opportunity to mingle with the stars of the film, Mykal Fax and Paul Campbell. The actors didn't seem to mind the attention as they posed for photographs with numerous excited guests, many pleased to have had the opportunity to be rubbing shoulders with some of Jamaica's finest.
Though the party was great, news of the official premiere date for the movie was even better. In an interview with The Gleaner, actor Paul Campbell spilled the beans. "Let me be the first to say that it will be the 27th of August. It will be played at a red carpet event at the Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas on Sunrise Highway in Queens, New York."
Jamaicans at home will also be part of the premiere event as a local event is also being planned. "After the first event on the 27th, we go on a tour of about eight cities, after which we intend to come to Jamaica," he said.
It is expected that the local premiere will happen in both Kingston and Montego Bay.
Even though patrons seemed to want more, the party came to an end at minutes after 2 a.m. as promoters were keen on obeying the stipulated lock-off time.