International Reggae Singer, Nesbeth will be the main headliner for Tenky Miss Lou: A Tribute Concert which will see members of the Jamaican Performing Arts Community and Theatre Fraternity paying tribute to Jamaican Cultural Icon, the Honourable Louise Bennett Coverley on her birthday anniversary, September 7. Organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the tribute concert is one in a series of planned activities to celebrate the 98th anniversary of Miss Lou’s Birth. Other notable acts on the line up include renowned Jamaican comedians Oliver Samuels, Owen ‘Blacka’ Ellis and Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley and performances from gold medal winners in the JCDC’s annual National Festival of the Performing Arts. Beginning at 7:00 pm, the concert will be held in the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre and is free to the public.
“Every year we find a special way to show our love and appreciation for Miss Lou and all she has done for Jamaican Culture, and this year we are excited to announce this tribute concert featuring Jamaican theatre and performing arts greats as a part of the day’s line up.” Said Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson.
“In addition to our headliners, we will also see performances from Deon Silvera, the Little Theatre Movement (LTM) Pantomime Company and the Spanish Town Dance Theatre Company.” Davidson said.
Davidson also noted that the concert would feature a special Bandana themed fashion show.
“Miss Lou made the Madras print or Bandana, highly popular with Jamaicans both at home and abroad, and so we want to honour and highlight that with our own mini-fashion show, dubbed Bandana Time. We are also encouraging members of the public to wear their best Bandana inspired outfit.” Davidson said.
In addition to the Tribute Concert the day’s celebratory activities will also include a Floral Tribute at Miss Lou’s shrine at the National Heroes Park, beginning at 8:00 am; and a lunch hour concert organized by the JCDC’s Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Office at the Arrivals Forecourt of the Norman Manley International Airport beginning at 1:00 pm.
“We will also have other celebratory activities across the island being organized by our various parish offices, including concerts, exhibitions and dialect and bandana competitions.” Davidson said.