The highly anticipated National Finals of the National Festival of the Performing Arts will open at the Little Theatre in Kingston on Thursday, March 30 with the critically acclaimed Deaf Dance Festival. Organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the Jamaica Association for the Deaf, Deaf Dance will showcase inspiring dance pieces from the deaf community, as performers compete to take home a national title. Deaf Dance is being held under the theme “Empower to Elevate: Happy Children, Brighter Future”.
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Mar. 17, 2017: Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for the week-ending Mar. 17, 2017.
NY: In 2015, Jamaican international pop star OMI created history in the USA with his smash hit "Cheerleader," that won the coveted Billboard No. 1 song of the summer, ahead of stars like Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar and Adele. In the UK, Omi also made history when "Cheerleader" topped the pop charts for four consecutive weeks, the longest reign at number one in the UK by a Jamaican artist.
Sees this as an opportunity to excite international fans about Sumfest again. Salento, Italy: Singer Richie Stephens & his Italian based Ska Nation Band are heading to Montego Bay, Jamaica this summer. The group is confirmed to headline Reggae Sumfest 2017, which unfolds at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay on July 16-22. Other confirmed acts include female DJ Spice, Queen Africa, Alkaline and Christopher Martin. Ska Nation Band member Papa Leu was at a lost for words when he received the news about the Sumfest confirmation."Speaking on behalf of the band, I can say getting booked for Reggae Sumfest is a big, big feather in our cap. I am excited! It's a dream come true for all us."