North Coast Jazz  gets the nod from bmobile

Port of Spain, Trinidad, May 24, 2017
The upcoming North Coast Jazz Festival 2017 is being hailed as one of the most musically entertaining and awe-inspiring events to hit Trinidad and Tobago.

The festival—the brainchild of former Port-of-Spain Mayor, Louis Lee Sing—may be new on the entertainment calendar but already organisers are promising it will soon become one of the premier jazz events in the Eastern Caribbean.

The inaugural jazz affair will be staged at the scenic Blanchisseuse Recreation Ground, on May 27, and is expected to attract both jazz enthusiasts and mainstream music lovers, with an impressive line up of diverse local acts, including, the First Lady of Caribbean Jazz and Soul, Mavis John, Nailah Blackman, Adana Roberts, Adan Hagley and his band Quintet, Vaughnette Bigford, Ray Holman and Gyerlini Clarke. Veteran DJ, John Gill, will also be there to showcase his expertise and talents.

One of the main sponsors is local telecoms giant bmobile, who’s VP Marketing, Camille Campbell, said, “We are happy to be lending our support to this innovative event as we see the tremendous benefits it can bring to not only the community of Blanchisseuse but to the artistes themselves who will get the opportunity to showcase their talents, right here at home. At bmobile, we always place tremendous emphasis on supporting local artistes, and by extension the arts and entertainment industry, because we believe that our entertainers can stand tall among the best in the world. There is a popular sentiment that ‘foreign is better’ but North Coast Jazz highlights the fact that we can stage a first-class event featuring top performers who are one hundred percent homegrown. It is important to us that we continue to do our part in helping to develop a diverse portfolio of exceptional events where the talent, creativity and entrepreneurial flair of our citizens are not only showcased but appreciated. We have high hopes that this festival will be a success and pave the way for similar entertainment events in the future.”

The festival, which has been in production for the past year, is being staged in collaboration with the  Blanchisseuse Village Council and organisers say it is intended to kick-start the development of a Bed and Breakfast industry in the community, which will cater to both local and foreign visitors. And with a growing youth population in the area, the initiative is expected to further boost the economy by creating employment opportunities for the young people of Blanchisseuse and environs.

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