AFTER a four-year absence the annual West Kingston Jamboree returns to the Tivoli Gardens playing field in Kingston on Sunday.
The stage show — which had its genesis in 1999 — was discontinued by the security forces after the unrest of May 2010 which saw 73 civilians losing their lives. Three members of Jamaica’s security forces also lost their lives in the operation. An inquiry in that incident is currently under way at Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.
“West Kingston on a whole has been through a lot. Based on the trauma and the things that the community went through, they need some form of stress relief,” said Oneil Coke, director of Liv Up Records, whose company is organising the event.
According to Coke, entertainment events have been lacking since 2010, but with the revival of Jamboree there will be more in store.
Scheduled for a 7:00 pm start, Sunday’s performances include dancehall acts Beenie Man, Sizzla, I-Octane, Elephant Man, Christopher Martin, George Nooks and Bugle.
“Everyone knows what to expect when it come on to West Kingston Jamboree,” said Coke.
He told the Jamaica Observer that the event is about ‘oneness’. He said he is urging patrons from the surrounding communities and other parishes to come out and have fun together.
“Jamboree has always been the show. It’s a Jamaica show, come out, you will be totally safe,” he said.
Preceding the stage show is a fun day which will include football, netball and other competitions.
Coke also expressed thanks to Senior Superintendent of Police Steve McGregor, head of the West Kingston Police Division, and the artistes who made the event possible.