Saturday 22 February, 2020

Top acts to perform at Christmas Joy in the Bass in Trench Town

Ernie Smith is among the artistes set to perform on Thursday.

Ernie Smith is among the artistes set to perform on Thursday.

Ten of the island’s leading acts have confirmed to perform on Christmas Joy in the Bass to be held on Thursday, December 20 at 7 p.m. at the Old Ambassador Theatre, 12D Collie Smith Drive, Trench Town. 

They are Ernie Smith, Kevin Downswell, Wayne Marshall, Carlene Davis, Alaine, Ziggy Soul, Marq Johnson, Naomi Cowan, Ity & Fancy Cat and Chocolate Barnes, all backed by the Right Band.

The annual event has established itself as a highly anticipated concert put on by the Joy Town Community Development Foundation.

Each year the Foundation works in partnership with Glory Music and Kevin Downswell Ministries to host the event, which in the past has seen a packed open-air auditorium in Trench Town, the musical home of such icons as Bob Marley, Alton Ellis and at least 50 more popular Jamaican musicians.

According to Diane Constantine, technical co-ordinator of the Joy Town Community Development Foundation, over the past years the concert has been a Christmas celebration of the achievements of residents in the community who have successfully participated in a number of empowerment initiatives organised by the foundation.

Among them is the Taking Charge of Your Future (TCIF), which Constantine explained is a one-year-long “pull out programme” for challenging students.  She noted that since it was introduced by Joy Town Community Development Foundation, there has been an 87 per cent rate of re-entry to the class room of participating students. 28 boys and five girls participated in the 2018 programme.

“We are getting ready to relaunch the Repositioning Adults and Adolescents Through Education (RAAE) programme for adults in and around the Trench Town community, which is modelled on the Jamaica Federation of Life Long Learners Programme.  We use the JFL literary curriculum, which is delivered by trained teachers,” she noted. 

RAAE offers classes in basic Maths and English Language at the basic and intermediary levels, as well as training in basic computer and life skills, in addition to conflict resolution.

“The main objective of Christmas Joy in the Bass is to bring attention to the reason for the season – the fact that Christ was born to save the world from sin.  So while the performers are entertaining the hundreds of residents who turn up at the open-air auditorium, we want to bring a message of hope for the future,” said Major Richard Cooke, President of the Joy Town Community Development Foundation.



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