Local Vibes
September 12, 2014
Jamaican dancehall stars for Arthur Guinness Day

On Arthur Guinness Day (AGD), September 25, 2014, St Vincent and the Grenadines will be treated to top class entertainment in the form of Jamaican reggae stars “Popcaan” and “Konshens”.{{more}}

Last Wednesday, September 10, Operations Commercial manager at the St Vincent Brewery Limited Shafia London-Williams announced during a press conference at the Brewery in Campden Park that locally, AGD will once again be celebrated with a live simulcast of the AGD concert in Jamaica, but this time around it will be coupled with our own local celebrations, which includes performances from “Popcaan” and “Konshens”.

“The Caribbean will once again celebrate the boldness, vision and legacy of Guinness founder Sir Arthur Guinness when it joins in the global celebration of the sixth Arthur Guinness Day,” said London-Williams during her announcement of the Thursday, September 25 Solidarity Inc Car Park based concert.

She said that usually on September 25, the world pays homage to the founder “of the world’s number one stout with a grand musical celebration featuring some of the world’s best performers across global music genres.”

In addition to the Jamaican music men and the live simulcast, the local event will see performances from local acts in the form of “Royale” and “First Lady,” while disc jockeys like Sound Definition, Simple Sounds Family, DJ Kal of Predominant Sounds and Hypa-active Sounds will provide music.

Entertainment will also be provided by stilt walkers and a number of regional dancers.

“For the first time for an AGD concert we will have featuring live from Kingston, Jamaica dancehall sensations Popcaan and Konshens,” said London-Williams, who added that Konshens will be backed by his Blue Print Band.

London-Williams said that patrons can get into the venue for EC$20.

“This is $20 for two of the biggest names in dancehall at the moment. One of the artistes is for the young people, while one is for the more mature crowd. We will cater for people who enjoy different types of music,” said London-Williams.

Meanwhile, the simulcast will feature some of the Caribbean’s best artistes from Reggae, Soca and Dancehall. The AGD Jamaica concert will be held at the National Indoor Sports Centre and this year will see performances from singers including “Lady Saw”, “Bugle”, “Mr Killa”, “Assassin” and Vincentian “Skinny Fabulous”.

“They will unite the Caribbean through music in memory of Sir Arthur,” said London-Williams, adding that the concert (Jamaica) will be broadcast to approximately one million viewers across the Caribbean.

“We will be giving Vincentians the opportunity to enjoy a remarkable event. This will be available for viewing in St Vincent and the Grenadines at our own celebration of AGD.”

Marketing coordinator at the Brewery Lamont Medica, commenting on the local concert, said, “as the tagline says, Guinness is made of more, so we always want to give more.”

He said that throughout the month of September, Guinness drinkers are being given the opportunity to win prizes when they purchase Guinness.

He said that one lucky person will this year celebrate AGD in the Very Important Persons (VIP) section of the AGD concert in Jamaica.

Persons are being asked to submit six Guinness crowns in an envelope with their contact details and as a result be entered in a raffle that will be drawn on Friday, September 19. The winner goes to Jamaica.

Medica says that apart from that, when you buy a six-pack of Guinness, you get a special edition Guinness glass, while they will be holding Guinness spin the wheel promotions that will see persons winning T-shirts, flash drives, Guinness glasses and other items.

“Guinness has always sought to look after their consumers, giving them even more in value, and in keeping with that tradition, we have implemented several trade activations. These activations will give consumers the opportunity to walk away with amazing Guinness prizes,” said Medica.

“In addition, throughout the month of September, consumers can enjoy Guinness two for $8 specials at their favourite bars and be on the lookout for the glamorous Guinness girls and win great prizes.”