Fantasia on show tonight

Thursday, March 17, 2016

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AMERICAN R&B singer Fantasia is tonight’s headliner at the annual Blues on the Green concert scheduled for Emancipation Park in St Andrew.

This year’s theme is Out of Many, One! Showtime is 7:00 pm.

The free concert — now in its 24th year and hosted by the United States Embassy in Kingston — commemorates African-American History Month. The show was initially set for February 26, but rescheduled due to "logistical issues" associated with Jamaica’s February 25 General Election.

In a previous interview, Joshua Polacheck, the embassy’s counsellor for public affairs, said the event should spark "a dialogue on how our two countries can be more inclusive. I hope this gets everyone thinking about what it means to respect all people, what ‘One Jamaica for all Jamaicans’ really means."

Fantasia (given name Fantasia Barrino) rose to fame as winner of season three reality television series American Idol in 2004. Following her victory, she released her debut single
I Believe, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Subsequently, her debut album
Free Yourself went certified Platinum and got three Grammy nominations in 2006.

Also on the bill are Romain Virgo and Jesse Royal.

Last year, a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock were guest performers.


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