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Lila Iké, Tessellated added to Jazz and Blues line-up

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:07 AM
Lila Iké has been added to the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival line-up.
Lila Iké has been added to the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival line-up.

Lila Iké and Tessellated will join Richie Stephens, Jah9 and Cuban-American singer Jon Secada at the 2021 staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

The event, which was last held in 2015, returns to the entertainment calendar in a virtual form for three days this month – January 28 - 30.

Already, promoters have announced five performers who will take the stage. The full slate is to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Some 16-18 acts are expected to take to the event’s virtual stage, including the winners of the Band Quest Competition. This competition is an open call for local bands to vie for a spot on the festival’s opening night. The winner will be determined by public vote.

“In deciding on the artistes for this festival we have taken into consideration the fact that over 400 acts have performed at Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival over the years. Most of the international acts that we want have already performed here, so we decided to bring back one act who has been on the show before, and then look to some new acts to take in the younger demographic of our target market,” said Adrian Allen of the Florida-based Steady Image Media Group, who in partnership with Marcia McDonnough of Touchstone Productions, has been granted the licence to stage the festival.


He added, “We are looking to cover the younger, middle and older market segments, taking into consideration the traditional, but not leaving out the younger market which is more familiar with the digital space.”

First held in 1996, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues, formerly Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues, was created to encourage visitors to come to Jamaica during a traditionally slow tourism period for the island. Its first staging had Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Toots and the Maytals, Ernie Ranglin, and guitarists George Benson and Buddy Guy. In subsequent years the festival has attracted the likes of Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Dionne Warwick, Mary J. Blige, and Billy Ocean.