Village Expressions tries to unearth young talent
Hasani Walters, Gleaner Writer
With the aim of giving exposure to talented musicians having a hard time getting a start in the industry, two females have undertaken a new venture called Village Expressions. Held each Wednesday at the Village Blues Bar in St Andrew, the show has, since its inception a few weeks ago, showcased several upcoming acts in the entertainment industry.
Entertainers such as Cue P, Vysionaer, Flirtagious, Tymbrell and Lybian have all graced the Village Expressions stage and many other undiscovered talents are waiting in line.
An event of this nature may be seen by many as not entertaining because the line-up lacks the star power accompanied by brand-name acts, but a half of the organising duo, Pia Jordine, believes otherwise.
"It's a great talent showcase of different types of entertainment. We have poets and musicians who have just begun to embark on their journey in entertainment. People know of them and their work in their communities but they aren't known across Jamaica. But the talent is there just waiting to be discovered," she said.
Lutan Fyah to appear
On each last Wednesday, the organisers will bring in a big act to top off the month, with Lutan Fyah set to make his debut at the event in coming weeks.
According to Latoya 'Destiny' McKay of the organising group, the show has been receiving good support but needs more audience members.
"The support has been good. A lot of artistes are coming out but the audience is needed. Though, with the audience that we're getting now, the performances are more intimate as the entertainers are able to express themselves more and interact better with the audience," said McKay.
The event is currently free, but that may soon change as they anticipate a growing fan base from the increased following each week.
Getting a live band on-board is also an objective as they move forward with the event.