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Jamaica is about to get jazzy

January 20th, 2012

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As if you needed another reason to escape the cold and head for Jamaica, consider that from January 26 to 28 the island will be welcoming a handful of world class performers as they host their annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival.

Hanging out at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny for the three-day long festival, serious music buffs and casual lovers alike can sample some of the island’s traditional reggae flavour and get a taste of old favourites with this year’s star-studded line up.

In previous years, festival goers have been wowed by the likes of Maroon 5, Ron Isley, Natalie Cole (seen performing, above), Diana King, Joss Stone, Hall and Oates, Lionel Ritchie and many more.

Headlining 2012? In what is considered a huge  boon for the festival, songstress extraordinaire Celine Dion will take the stage on Friday the 27th. In an email to concert promoter Walter Elmore, Dion gushed,  “I am looking forward to doing my very first show in the Caribbean and this is an honor for me to perform at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. What a beautiful way to meet the people of Jamaica on this, my first trip to the island. I just can’t wait.”

Also performing in the 2012 festival, neo-soul/hip hop artist Cee Lo Green, Damien Marley (a recent addition to the line up), his brother Ky-Mani, The Temptations, and Bobbi Brown with Head of State, alongside several homegrown Jamaican heroes, including Yellowman, Shaggy, Maxi Priest, George Nooks, and Mykal Rose.

Looking to find out more about Jamaica? Check out our article, Jamaica: Some did you knows

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