Yes, he’s ‘closer’ than you could ever imagine.
International singer-songwriter, Ne-Yo, has been roped in by the Hits and Jams crew for the tenth anniversary of Jamzone, the country’s biggest beach jam – well it’s not a beach jam event anymore.
What started off as a band on the beach with a $40,000 first prize in a “lil” pageant at the Splashmin’s Resort has morphed into Guyana’s biggest entertainment event, and it’s thanks to the guts of DJ Rawle and Kerwin.
And it’s thanks too to corporate Guyana which has thrown its weight behind the Hits and Jams for any of the events they put on, because there are always two guarantees – it will be big and it will be good.
So, it doesn’t get any bigger than Ne-Yo, who has placed five times on Billboard’s Top Ten songs, and that’s apart from the songs he has written that has placed other artists in the Top Ten.
So take a bow guys, this is awesome! Ne-Yo performs on August 21, and we hear that the ticket prices will be affordable. So get ready.
It doesn’t stop there. For this tenth anniversary of what is now known as Jamzone Summer Break, there is an equally good line up of other artistes for super concerts of chutney and reggae/dancehall.
Headlining the reggae-dancehall super concert will be Movado. That is slated for the Guyana National Stadium on August 20. The Chutney concert will be held at the same venue, but a week earlier, on August 14.
The Jamzone Beach pageant has also taken on a new look, with contestants from the Caribbean now taking part. As a result, just one contestant from Guyana will be taking part. That spot goes to foreign-language teacher Nikita Archer.
At 23, Nikita holds a degree in Spanish from the University of Guyana. She teaches both Spanish and French at Queen’s College. Her aim is to become a linguist and she is firmly on the path to realising that goal. She is an advocate of education, which she believes is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.
She has never entered a pageant before, and it’s not that she didn’t have plans. She was encouraged to sign up for the Miss Guyana Talented Teen pageant a few years ago, but since she was in school, her mother discouraged it. She also wanted to join the Miss Guyana Universe pageant, but she realised how much time that could take up.
But now, she is ready for a pageant and Miss Jamzone it is. Of course she is feeling the pressure competing on home soil against contestants from the Caribbean, namely St Lucia, Jamaica, Barbados, Suriname, Trinidad, Antigua and the Dominican Republic.
The swimsuit segment and a fashion extravaganza will take place on August 15 at the Princess Hotel. After the swimsuit segment, models will display clothing of top local and regional designers.
The Jamzone Intelligence segment will undergo drastic changes this year as a result of the inclusion of regional delegates. The contestants will be required to complete a three-minute presentation, focused on marketing their country as a perfect tourist destination. This will be followed by the talent and evening gown segments.
On August 22, the event comes to an end with a beach jam and the crowing of Miss Jamzone 2010.
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