Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Xmas Joy in Trench Town

VETERAN singer Ernie Smith is one of several acts slated to perform on Christmas Joy in the Bass at the Old Ambassador Theatre in Trench Town this evening. Showtime is 7:00 pm. “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.
The other acts are Kevin Downswell, Wayne Marshall, Carlene Davis, Alaine, Ziggy Soul, Marq Johnson, Naomi Cowan, Ity & Fancy Cat, and Chocolate Barnes. They will 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 icons including The Wailers, Delroy Wilson, Ernie Ranglin and Alton Ellis. 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. Smith made his mark on Jamaican music during the 1970s. His breakthrough song, I Can't Take It Any More, was covered by Johnny Nash as Tears On My Pillow. His other songs include Duppy Gunman, Hail The Man, Bend Down, Ride On Sammy, Pitta Patta, and One Dream.

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