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Jamaica Jazz and Blues Gets Reggae-matic

Third World

Megastar wattage culled 80s/90s balladeers, a king or diva of soul or funk and a touch of currency from adult contemporary and R&B is the successful formula for Jamaica Jazz and Blues: The Art of Music Festival. With Mary J. Blige, Michael Bolton, John Legend, and Dionne Warwick in this year’s arsenal fans of the festival will be happy for as the line-up is sure to sate Jamaicans’ never waning appetite for love songs. But on opening night January 24, it will be the sounds of Jamaica that rule the Trelawny stadium, as the festival moves to the sounds of an all Reggae line-up.

The night will be headlined by iconic reggae band Third World who are celebrating their 40th anniversary. The iconic band will be joined by a slew of performers from different eras. Performers include Ken Boothe Coco Tea, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Admiral Bailey, Lust, Ernie Smith, Pluto Shervington and Lovindeer and Leroy Sibbles. The Blue Print Band, Alaine and Rootz Underground will bring the contemporary sound to the night.

Reggae, will however, not be completely confined to Thursday night of the three-day festival. Etana’s powerful vocals will join those of Mary J. Blige, Michael Bolton, and Arturo Tappin on Friday’s line up. The festival will culminate with performances by John Legend, Monica, KC and The Sunshine Band and Dionne Warwick.

Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2013 takes place January 24 - 26 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium just outside of Falmouth. The 2013 installment marks the 17th staging of the festival which has become a major event on the island’s entertainment calendar. Tickets vary from US$50 - US$80 for general admission. VIP tickets fetch US$120 on all nights. Attendees may also purchase weekend tickets for Friday and Saturday nights (US$150 and US$230) or season tickets for all nights at US$200 or US$350.