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Beach J'Ouvert to meet Jazz in MoBay

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Nagra Plunkett, Assignment coordinator

Music for the Jazz Beach J'Ouvert will be provided by Renaissance Disco. - FIlE


The party vibes at the 2010 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival are expected to flow into Jazz Beach J'Ouvert at Aquasol Beach Park in Montego Bay on Saturday afternoon.

Dollis Campbell of Image Productions, organisers of Jazz Beach J'Ouvert, said the event was conceptualised to provide additional daytime activities for jazz patrons, particularly those from Kingston and overseas.

"We wanted to appeal to the audience attending the jazz festival and several persons from Kingston, who come yearly for the festival, who have complained that there is nothing to do during the days while they are at the hotels," said Campbell.

"So, we decided this year that we would change that, and give patrons a real jazz party with an infusion of carnival and Jamaican food."

The all-inclusive beach party, which will have Renaissance Disco at the turntables, is set to run from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The $2,500 price tag will include food and drinks, a move that Campbell said was deliberate.

"We wanted persons to have an authentic Jamaican experience, which is characterised through our food, music and vibes. Persons can expect to have manish water, jerk chicken, jerk pork, coconut jelly and Jamaican rum, right by the beach."

Jazz Beach J'Ouvert will also feature two female selectors in a friendly musical showdown between the cities of Kingston and Montego Bay.

Great vibes

The fabulous Janet Silvera will represent the west while the 'sexy seductress' Millicent Lynch, will represent the east.

"We are gearing up for a great vibes and I am sure that they will deliver themselves musically on the turntables and be engaged in a play-off to amuse our entertainment-hungry crowd," added Campbell.

Image Productions are hoping Jazz Beach J'Ouvert will grow into an annual activity in line with Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival where patrons can have the best of both worlds - a party by day and a show by night.