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Digicel Jamaica and Red Stripe plan to take over Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, on Sunday, February 5, with the seventh staging of Redemption Live, which is a free concert in honour of reggae icon Bob Marley's 72nd birthday. The event is part of week-long celebrations being hosted by the Bob Marley Group of Companies.
The line-up includes Ky-Mani Marley, Beenie Man, Richie Spice, Capleton, Ikaya, Kabaka Pyramid, Garnet Silk Jr, Jah9 and Devin di Dakta.
"Redemption Live is a perfect example of how we will unite the Jamaican people through music. The theme, vibe and melody cater to people from all segments of society, and so we look forward to seeing as many of them out in the big square, living up to the vision of unity that Bob Marley always envisioned," stated Kamal Powell, senior sponsorship and development manager at Digicel.
Powell added, "Last year, we saw almost 10,000 patrons coming out to the concert and the feedback was absolutely tremendous. We also had thousands more tuning in to the live stream from all around the world."
Nasha Douglas, senior brand manager at Red Stripe, said, "This celebration of Marley is a staple on the entertainment calendar each year, and we believe that it serves as an important reminder of the reggae king's amazing legacy and the relevance of his music today."
Patrons can claim their free tickets at select Digicel stores in Kingston, St Catherine, Manchester, Clarendon and St Ann. VIP tickets will also be on sale for $4,000 each, proceeds from which will go to the Eira Schader Home for the Aged in Trench Town.
Mr Vegas prepares to release 'Soul Therapy'
Mr Vegas is gearing up for the release of his debut gospel album, Soul Therapy.
The 17-track album features production work from Eddie Perez, Jason Edmond, Cleveland 'Clevie' Browne, Emerson Alley, Natel and Mr Vegas.
"We are living in a world that's sinking deeper and deeper into darkness. These are some very terrible and dreadful times and now more than ever, we must call upon the Father for guidance and deliverance," said Vegas.
Songs on the set include We Need You Now, I Come To You, As Long As I Live and You Are Welcome, featuring Jason Edmond. Soul Therapy also features several dancehall - and reggae-flavoured tracks such as He Walks With Me, Nobody Greater and Dash It Weh.
"There's something on this album for everyone, and it's my sincere wish that the people who listen to it will hear the message of God and receive their deliverance," Vegas said. "This album means a lot to me. Without a doubt, it's the best and most fulfilling project that I've ever done. It's a very personal album; it's about my journey and the freedom and happiness that I've found in Christ."
Soul Therapy features some outstanding musicians, including Errol 'Flabba' Holt, Donald Dennis, Cleveland 'Clevie' Browne, Dalton Browne, Khan Mitchum, Carol Raymond McLaughlin, James 'Sticx' Danson, Rafael Henrique Ferreira, Jason Edmond, Natel, Camilo Velandia, Kirk 'Kirlkledove' Bennett, Dale Emerson, Ronaldo Melo and Josh Esther.
It will be released on iTunes and all other leading online music platforms, and on CD, on the February 24.
14 years of Poetry in Motion
The 14th annual staging of Poetry in Motion will be held at the Manchester Golf Club, Brumalia Road, Mandeville, on Sunday, February 26, starting at 6 p.m.
The featured performers are Dr Herbert Thompson, Myrna Hague, Marjorie Whylie, Dufton Shepherd, John Akpata (from Canada), Ruth Nadolny (from the USA), Steppa, Annmarie Wilmot, Osheen Wright, Delacia Wiggan, Shamoya Samuels and Yasus Afari.
Poetry in Motion 2017 will feature music, dance, comedy, storytelling, fashion and poetry. This year's event will support Church Teachers' College's Porus Primary School Project, Friends in Need, and the Gilbert & Georgia Allen Educational Trust.
Lauryn Hill, Wyclef part of Kaya Fest
Lauryn Hill will make a special guest appearance at the first-ever Kaya Fest, which is being produced by Stephen Marley, an eight-time Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter, music producer and son of the legend Bob Marley. Presented by Fruit of Life Productions, the concert is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, at Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, 301 Biscayne Boulevard, downtown Miami. Also on the bill is Wyclef Jean.
Performing on stage at the Kaya Fest for the first time together in more than 20 years in Miami will be the Marley Brothers, with special features by Ziggy, Stephen, Damian, Ky-Mani and others. Also performing will be Grammy Award-winning Sean Paul and legendary reggae group Inner Circle. Other artistes are expected on the line-up.
The purpose of Kaya Fest is to educate people on the many uses of the cannabis plant, as well as to inspire and encourage positive public awareness, especially since more and more US states, such as Florida, are approving the use of medical marijuana.
In addition to the booths of food, crafts and refreshments at the festival, there will also be persons giving information highlighting the benefits which can be derived from all aspects of the cannabis plant, and how its medical and ecological advantages make it a valuable addition to all our lifestyles.
The overall message of the festival is 'education before Recreation'.