Krista Henry, Staff Reporter
Looking to invest in Jamaica, R&B crooner Ne-Yo has formed the Caribbean leg to his Compound Entertainment label and will be hosting his own summer party weekend in Negril.
The singer made a three-day visit to the island this week, where he unveiled his plans for Jamaican music and took time out to enjoy the local party scene.
This is the Closer singer's third visit to Jamaica but the first time he is saying he intends to invest.
At a press conference held at the Spanish Court Hotel, Ne-Yo launched his 'Compound Island' label and his 'Compound Island Series', which is to be held in Negril from July 29-30.
The singer, alongside his local and international teams, will be conducting an online talent search for singers, groups, songwriters, producers and other types of music industry personnel.
He told The Gleaner that he will be very 'hands-on' in the project and will be giving advice to young hopefuls. He said, "We're looking for, fresh new talent - people we can mould."
He advised persons wishing to impress, saying, "Be the best you can be at what you do."
According to Ne-Yo, Jamaican acts can achieve success, as have other artistes on reggae beats. To achieve that, he says, local acts have to become more aware of how the music business around the world works.
Music business lessons
Compound Entertainment CEO Tishawn Gayle explained that Compound Island would seek to teach local persons about the business of music, royalties, avenues for songwriters, producers, and more.
The party series in Negril is to be held at the Jungle nightclub in Negril during Emancipation weekend and will feature three parties over two days. On day one, there will be the 'VIP Welcome Party', with the 'All White Party' and the 'Finale' party on day two.
Ne-Yo explained that beginning in the summer, persons will begin hearing more about the competition and where to send in their videos.