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Christmas Joy to rock Trench Town

Published:Tuesday | December 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton
Dean Fraser
Rondell Positive
Carlene Davis
Ernie Smith

The Old Ambassador Theatre located on Collie Smith Drive in Trench Town should be buzzing with excitement tomorrow when a free concert, Christmas Joy in the Bass 2017, takes centre stage in the Kingston community.

The event, which will feature acts such as Ernie Smith, Alaine, Carlene Davis, Kevin Downswell and Rondell Positive, is being speareheaded by the Joy Town Community Development Foundation.

"We want to bring joy and cheer to the residents of Trench Town, and also, very importantly, we want people to remember that the festivities are about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ," Major Richard Cooke, president of the Joy Town Community Development Foundation, said.

In speaking about the theme, Cooke said, "It is Christ, the reason for the season. Christ our deliverer. He is going to deliver us from the violence ... . Last year was Christ the reason for the season. It continues to be Christ the reason for the season, but also we have added Christ the deliverer. He is our champion," Cooke added.

The concert, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., will also feature Naomi Cowan, Dean Fraser, Ity & Fancy Cat, Carey Sayles, Spanner Banner and Ziggy Soul, backed by the Transformation Band.

A dance presentation is expected from Portails of the Word while DJ Karr is the MC.

Cooke said his organisation, which is a faith-based one, is seeking to "put back Christ into Christmas". He said the concert should go a far way in helping to put Jesus in the centre of Trench Town.

"We really believe that God has a plan for Trench Town, and that is why we are down there working. ... We believe a lot in doing the art in Trench Town, and we want to restore the Ambassador to help foster the development of the performing arts," Cooke said.

Tomorrow's show will be the third staging of Christmas Joy in the Bass. Cooke said that the previous events were well supported, and expressed confidence that the third renewal will be no different.

"We have a very good line-up this year," he said. "The artistes have been very willing to help ... . They want to give back to the people, they want to support the work, and they want to give people some enjoyment," Cooke said.