Jul 23, 2009 News
As has become a tourism/leisure tradition on the local shores, the stage is once again set for entertainment seekers to enjoy the Jamzone Summer Break.
Three nights of music and a day of beach games and partying will conclude with the crowning of the ninth Miss Jamzone. There will be promised entertainment by the Hits and Jams Entertainment group from the start of the four-day Jamzone Summer Break, which will be held from August 27-30.
The festivities were officially launched yesterday in the boardroom of the Ministry of Tourism.
The Hits and Jams group, noting its successful origin in 2000, said as is customary, that it will be adding more to the offerings this year. Permanently part of the Tourism calendar of events, the inaugural Jamzone Summer Break Weekend aims at attracting domestic and international tourists.
With full endorsement from the Tourism Ministry, over the years the Jamzone Team comprising entertainers Rawle and Dwight Ferguson and Kerwin Bollers has been garnering support from major corporate citizens.
Probably the largest August holiday event for the past eight years, Jamzone, in the anticipation of the promoters, should attract no less than 10,000 patrons for the planned four-day event.
Three nights of concerts begin on August 27 at the National Stadium featuring local and regional artistes, and the event will conclude on August 30 with usual festivities at Splashmin’s Fun Park and Resort.
The first night of concerts will feature the best of best in the Chutney business – Kenneth Salick, Neesha B, Ravi B, Anil Singh and Karma Band.
The second night will be the Reggae and Dancehall night featuring acts such as Busy Signal along with Mr. Vegas and Peetah Morgan.
Several local acts will be incorporated in the interest of providing them with a platform.
The final concert night will be all out Soca explosion, featuring regional and international Soca sensations out of Trinidad including Machel Montano, whose arrival is long overdue in Guyana.
He is the main act while opening acts will include Patrice Roberts, Zann and Farmer Nappy.
On August 30, the annual Miss Jamzone Beach Pageant will witness platforms from delegates under the theme “Community Based Tourism”. This year the delegates will be expected to highlight many of the tourist attractions in Amerindian and Hinterland communities such as Annai, Suruma, Nappi, Rewa and Fairview amongst others.
One of the major features of the Hits and Jams promotion to date has been the crowning of Miss Jamzone – six of them have driven away with cars and one with a motor scooter. Six second place finishers took home motor scooters and one beauty took home a laptop computer.
Using the pageant as a stepping stone, some of the local beauties have gone on to represent Guyana on the international scene at the Miss World and Miss Tourism International pageants.
This year, 15 beauties have made the shortlist from more than 55 applicants, among them a banker and several University of Guyana students.
“Hits & Jams Entertainment continues to strive to bring the best of local, regional and international entertainment to Guyana and to continue to work with the Ministry of Tourism in an effort to take tourism in Guyana to higher levels,” a statement from the promoters concluded.
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