Monday, 21 December 2009

MUSIC NEWS: Jamaica Jazz & Blues gets new home; Erykah Badu and Babyface added to 2010 line-up

MUSIC ROYALTY: Erykah Badu (above) and Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds to perform at Jamaica Jazz & Blues 2010

Music aficionados who make the annual trek to western Jamaica for the Jamaica Jazz & Blues showcase will enjoy the musical sounds and sights at a new venue come 2010. The Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium in Falmouth has been selected as the new home of the highly anticipated calendar event.

Culture minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange made the announcement at the launch of Jamaica Jazz & Blues 2010 at The Gardens of the Jamaica Pegasus in New Kingston last Monday, citing traffic concerns as one of the main factors leading to the decision.

Jamaica Jazz & Blues 2010 will be held from January 24 to 30. The lineup boasts a solid mix of R&B, soul, reggae and jazz artistes and musicians, both local and international acts. Heading the list this year are R&B legend Gladys Knight, Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson, as well as neo-soul icon Erykah Badu and multi-Grammy winner Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds. Also appearing are Joss Stone, Billy Ocean, The Queens Project (Tamia, Deborah Cox and Kelly Price), Maxi Priest, The Whispers, Machel Mantano and Third World, among others.

For additional info on Jamaica Jazz & Blues 2010, and to see the full line-up, visit

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