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The entertainment package for this year’s Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial show will take on a new flavour, with the inclusion of several contestants of the Digicel Rising Stars Competition.
Speaking with JIS News, Events Co-ordinator for Denbigh 2006, Doreen Hibbert confirmed that the highlight of Monday night’s (August 7) stage show would be the performances of this year’s Rising Stars finalists.
“To top the evening on Monday, we are going to have contestants from the present Rising Stars Competition,” she said, and “we are hoping to have all the finalists. It promises to be quite an exciting line-up”.
According to Miss Hibbert, each night of the three-day show would feature different artistes from across the island performing reggae, gospel, pop and other genres of music.
On Sunday, August 6, patrons can look forward to the Denbigh Gospel Explosion, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will feature gospel artistes, such as Katalyst Crew, Norietta Lewis and the 2006 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Festival winner, Clive Warren. Thrillers United, featuring past Grace Thrillers members Sandra Brooks, Shirley Lewis and Leroy Smith, will also be in the line-up.
“What we have done this year is to give you some new artistes for Sunday,” she explained, as “most of these persons have really not appeared at Denbigh in the recent past”.
She noted that these new additions were likely to enhance the gospel show, which continues to pull a large number of patrons at Denbigh.
“Gospel has proven to be a big attraction at Denbigh on the Sunday night (and) this year’s show is going to be a big show,” she said.
Miss Hibbert also spoke about Saturday night’s show, which is aimed at promoting new and aspiring artistes, such as The Alphasonics Band from the Alpha Boys’ Home; Janet Jones; Tracey Ann Brown; and farmer turned entertainer, Dalton Edwards.
“The Saturday show will be a variety show. It will feature a number of aspiring artistes, particularly those from the agricultural sector,” she told JIS News.
According to the Co-ordinator, the aim of the nightly shows was not only to entertain patrons, but also to promote local talent within the sector.
“The entertainment this year is different. Usually in the past we would have a big reggae entertainment. This year we decided that we also wanted to give our farming community and members of the JAS family, the opportunity to showcase their talents,” she said.
The 2006 Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show in May Pen, Clarendon will be held from Saturday, August 5 to Monday, August 7 under the theme: ‘Advancing Rural Development Through Agriculture’.