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MoBay to host Soul in the Sun

Published:Saturday | August 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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In October, Montego Bay, St James, will host Soul in the Sun, a two-day music festival and a beach party featuring a slew of United States-based R&B artistes. Soul in the Sun will see Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill, and '90s boy groups Dru Hill and Silk taking to the stage on Friday, October 10, the first night of the festival. The excitement peaks on night two, Saturday, October 11, with Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle, Jeffrey Osborne, Freddie Jackson, and Howard Hewitt expected to delight fans at The Aqueduct in Rose Hall, venue for the Soul in the Sun.

Junior Taylor, managing director of Complete Entertainment Services, organisers of Soul in the Sun, notes that the format of the festival was adapted from existing events but tweaked to suit a local audience. "We saw how successful the Sinbad Soul Music Festival, which was staged in Jamaica once during the 1990s, has been successful over the years and has been taken to a number of islands in the region, and we decided to stage such a festival here to offer this level of entertainment to persons who love this kind of music," Sinclair said.

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In putting the line-up together, Taylor said, "We really wanted to bring acts that were Jamaican favourites from the '80s and '90s. So we went for Freddie Jackson who has the hits like You Are My Lady. Jeffrey Obsorne is so loved here in Jamaica that we just had to bring him here for tracks such as On The Wings of Love, Shine On, and more. Then, we had to include Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. Then, once we spoke to Keith Sweat, he suggested some of the other acts with whom he tours as part of a Men of Soul aggregation. We are extremely pleased and excited with what we have to offer at Soul in the Sun."

He further explained the choice of venue.

"Montego Bay offers Jamaicans a chance to escape to the north coast and enjoy themselves, while giving visitors that taste of Jamaican hospitality with a healthy dose of great entertainment thrown in for added value. The Aqueduct offers an intimate venue in a picturesque setting, with the blue seas on one side, green hills on the other, and the old sugar ruins forming an impressive backdrop," Taylor said.

Tickets are available via the festival's website www.soulinthesunlive.com. Between Saturday, August 23, and Monday, September 1, the organisers of the event will offer presold tickets.

Taylor stresses that the October 10-12 dates for Soul in the Son were chosen in collaboration with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) to pull visitors to the island during the Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and the Columbus Day holiday in the United States.