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  • Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange, says the cultural sector has the potential to be a major contributor to economic growth in the country.
  • Meanwhile, the Minister lauded the JCDC for 53 years of sterling contribution to the development of artistic expressions.
  • The album will be officially released on June 4 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, in Kingston.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange, says the cultural sector has the potential to be a major contributor to economic growth in the country.

“As we seek to enhance our prosperity, we are convinced of the economic value of culture and the arts and the need for (cultural practitioners) to promote the business of the arts and culture,” she said.

Miss Grange was speaking at the media launch for the album – ‘All the Way’ – by gospel recording artiste, Kevin Downswell, on May 17 at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), in New Kingston.

The singer was winner of the 2003 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition.

Meanwhile, the Minister lauded the JCDC for 53 years of sterling contribution to the development of artistic expressions.

“The JCDC has been able to reach out to the melting pot of raw talents that exist in our country and assist them to use their creative imagination to create outstanding products,” she said.

Miss Grange credited the JCDC as being the institutional response to the creativity of Jamaicans and noted that the agency has made significant contributions in strengthening ‘Brand Jamaica’.

The event featured the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the JCDC and Kevin Downswell Ministries; an exclusive listening session of the album; and a video presentation by the charity organisation, Counselling Unit for Traumatized Inner City Early Childhood Students (CUTIES), which is supported by Kevin Downswell.

The album will be officially released on June 4 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Hope Road, in Kingston. This will be followed by promotional roadshows in Montego Bay (June 11); Westmoreland (June 12); St. Ann (June 17); Portland (June 18), and Manchester (June 19).