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Reggae Band ‘One Third’ will meet their ideal audience when they perform at Jamaica Jazz & Blues

One Third – (l-r) Adrian, Al, Miguel

Reggae Band One Third is fired up about their first ever performance on the Jamaica Jazz and Blues main stage.  The three young men who forms the band, Miguel Walters, Alpheus Johnson and Adrian Campbell stole the hearts of all Jamaicans in front of their television screens back in 2006 when they emerged winners of the local popular talent contest, The Digicel Rising Stars.  One Third brought an upbeat performance the Jamaican household was not ready for, a mix of sophisticated, jazzy and bluesy covers fused with reggae and dancehall beats. They delivered their set each week reminiscent of how Americans presented sheet music once upon a time, blending harmonies, alto and sopranos and propelled the standard of performance for that competition to new heights. 

One Third

One Third will now meet their ideal audience at a major event when they perform at Jamaica Jazz and Blues, “we will be performing on Saturday night, February 1 with our IN2Nation band” said Miguel Walters, “and have put together what we believe will be an entertaining package for our audience.”  The set he continued, “will be a wonderful mix of genres in true One Third style that our fans have come to know and love this band for.”  

One Third have performed across the island, the Caribbean and United States since 2006. They called their unique style ‘Reggae-soul’ and has recorded and released several covers and originals to include their popular, Take My Breath Away, The Streets and The World is Mine, I Wanna Know What Love is, One A Way, I Want Your Love and Memories.

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By: Sophia McKay
Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival

Get Jazzy for the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival

Another highly anticipated and prestigious event, The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival gets under way for it 2014 staging January 30 to February 1 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.  This year, organisers promises another stellar line up of entertainers to include local and international artistes and musicians including Mr Aaron Neville, Chaka Khan, Joe, Toni Braxton, Beres Hammond,Tessanne Chin, Chronixx, Chrystal Gayle, Christopher Martin, Marcia Griffiths, Protege, Brian Art, Beenie Man, One Third and Chalice among many others.

Christopher Martin
Tessanne Chin

Jamaica Jazz and Blues was conceptualized to increase the numbers of passengers travelling to Jamaica by Allen Chastenet, former Vice President of Air Jamaica.  The event was envisioned to encourage visitors to come to Jamaica.  In the first years, the Festival was held in November and October, dates chosen to fulfil the objective of increasing visitor arrivals to the island during the soft tourist season. In 1999 there was no Festival as this proved to be a decision year as to the future of the Festival.  Rain had haunted the event year after year, resulting in either cancellation or shortening of performances, and this combined with the worry about decreasing sponsorship for the event, created grave concerns for the organisers.  Hence, after serious consideration the decision was made to postpone the Festival  January 20-23, 2000 became the new dates, a period which now marks what is now considered to the kick off of the Jamaican entertainment calendar.

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