Same songs for all ages - Ding Dong won't have to adjust material for children
High off his stellar performance at the recent Prime Minister’s Youth Awards, Ding Dong is the headline act for today's Family Extravaganza at the Hope Botanical Gardens.
“Everybody know me a mad people and it’s all about happiness, unity and love. My music is to show the happy side of dancehall,” Ding Dong told The Gleaner. "I can do the same performance, that is, I can sing all my songs for any age audience.”
Ding Dong is no stranger to the event, having performed at the 2014 staging along with TIFA. The dancehall artiste is expecting a bigger and better Family Extravaganza showing because a lot has happened in three years, since his last performance for the event. “From 2014 to 2017 we have put in a lot more work to put out way more hit songs, that means more vibes and more fun,” Ding Dong said.
This year the dancehall artiste has captured attention with the release of vivacious, family-friendly singles such as 'Fling' and 'Lebeh Lebeh', as well as 'Skank and Rave' (a collaboration with Beenie Man and Voicemail).
This season, according to Ding Dong, “is always about work”. He appreciates Christmas as a time for family, but his children are overseas and therefore will not be able to attend Family Extravaganza with him.
“At the end of the day you have to find for your children so they can enjoy life. Our days of enjoying Christmas done; we are working for the youth to enjoy it,” he said.
According to event organiser Paula Pinnock, managing director of FYI Consultancy Group, “we know he will deliver an outstanding performance. This is a family event and we are always looking forward to a performance that caters to our target market.”
In addition to Ding Dong’s performance there will be other live entertainers, magician and Santa that persons can take photographs with.this year the setup will not be in the main parking lot but inside the gardens at Funland Jamaica, formerly Coconut Park.