YOW launches Generation Y High School Fete
It was a night of fun and frolic for teens as the Youth of the World Foundation (YOW), in association with Zip 103 and Digicel, launched its first ever "Generation Y High School Fete" at Mas Camp last Saturday night.
The foundation is headed by Orett Hart, more popularly known as ZJ Bambino/Trevor Off Key, who explained to teenAGE that the organisation's purpose is to "look out for inner-city kids who really can't afford it sometimes. We assist them with back to school supplies: books, shoes, bags, medical check-ups etc."
Co-promoter of the event, Delroy Escoffery further explained how the programme works. "We target around 30 high schools, from which we select 50 less-fortunate students, and we seek to assist them annually with back to school items. This is done at a charity fun day in August annually. This year will be the third year of that event, but it is our first year of the fete. This fete is really to raise funds for that charity event in August."
The event was combined with the 12th anniversary of Zip 103 FM, and so most of the 'high energy station's' radio personalities were on location, partying, mixing and mingling with the patrons. Chromatic Sound System also thrilled the audience with their exceptional skills on the turn tables.
Patrons got the chance to capture the moment in the 'Photo Affair' instant photo booth which was provided by the radio station.
Lets not forget that the event was also food and drink inclusive, and the various sponsors saw to it that nothing was spared in ensuring that the crowd's appetite was satisfied and their cups never ran empty.
KFC provided hot wings and buns, while Pizza Hut kept the sumptuous pepperoni and chicken pizza coming. Though the drink menu was fittingly non-alcoholic, the patrons' thirst was regularly quenched at the Pepsi bar, which served all the sodas and non-alcoholic beverages distributed by Pepsi. Patrons were also invited to 'grab a Lishous', as representatives of the new drink were also on location promoting their brand. The crowd was treated to smoothies in the five Lishous flavours.
Kremi ice-cream was responsible for the dessert. With over 10 flavours on display, they left a sweet taste in the mouths of the party-goers.
As the night wound down, it was time for the highly anticipated performances. teenAGE caught up with 17-year-old hit maker Samantha J right before she performed her set. She was very excited as she related that "I just finished school as well, so I came to have a good time and enjoy the fete, like the rest of the teens here." This was evident as she could be seen for most of the night dancing and mingling, and taking pictures with fans.
On stage, she rocked the crowd with her début single Tight Up Skirt, and her fairly new song Hot Gal Anthem which has been receiving promising feedback. The audience were even more elated when she called Fearless Dancers to the stage, who performed well-coordinated dance moves and heart-stopping stunts to Samantha J's instrumentals.
Next on stage was QQ, who got the crowd very active dancing to his songs Rum Ram and Stookie. They got even more expressive when he pulled out his more recent hits, inclduing One Drop.
teenAGE had a word with the young artiste as he exited the stage. When asked how he felt about his performance and the event he responded " It was great actually, the audience was not full to its maximum capacity, but I can see they had a lot of fun, and that's good. The audience response was good, and I am happy that I came on board with this project."
Since the show was advertised with Samantha J and QQ being the two lead acts, the crowd was completely taken by surprise when Popcaan took the stage. They erupted in wild applause. He, in turn, treated them to a set packed with hit songs including Everything is Nice, Unruly Rave, Smile Again and Party Tun Ova. The pleasantly surprised patrons happily sang along. He ended the show on a very high note, and patrons started vacating the premises after his performance.
Transportation from the venue was an easy process, as buses were provided to take patrons back to the major terminals in Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine.
Though the attendance was a bit below expectation, the night was a very enjoyable one, and as it is with all first attempts, there is always room for improvement. Next year's staging of the event is anticipated to be even bigger and better.