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Jamaica benefitting from Kanye West 'Sunday Service', says Grange

Friday, October 18, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, says that Jamaica will benefit from the staging of Kanye West's 'Sunday Service' concert in Kingston this evening.

“It is at no cost to the Jamaican government or the Ministry and Jamaica is benefitting. Kanye West is paying for absolutely everything… and will be spending over one million US dollars for this event in Jamaica. They've covered their own air charter [and] local hotel accommodation. They're spending a substantial amount on technical services (to be provided by local suppliers), a large number of Jamaicans will be hired to treat with the production. And the facilities that we are providing that are to be paid for will be covered by Kanye West,” Grange said in addressing concerns surrounding the staging of the concert.

According to the ministry, it has been working closely with a number of government entities to facilitate the staging of the concert at Emancipation Park in New Kingston, slated to begin at 7:00 pm.

Grange noted that steps are being taken by the Jamaica Constabulary Force to address traffic concerns.

“The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation is making its four parking lots on St Lucia Avenue available to patrons free of cost. Parking will also be available at the National Housing Trust, the Golf Academy, and at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre from where a bus shuttle service will begin at six o'clock,” Grange said.

“I really want to reassure the public that we are doing everything humanly possible to minimise any inconvenience they may experience. Jamaica is trending at this time across the world because of Kanye West Sunday Service being held in Kingston. Jamaica is open for business. They reached out based on the recommendation of a Jamaican who works with Kanye West. The best we could do is to facilitate them in making the arrangements,” the culture minister added.

“I want to thank the public for their consideration and patience. Let us welcome another group of visitors to our country because we are open for business.”

The concert is expected to stream live at https://sundayservice.com.


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