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Jamaica Observer, Flow wrap up successful Expression Tours

Cable company to broadcast highlights this month

Friday, May 09, 2014    

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AFTER weeks of touring the island to find the school with the best talent, the Jamaica Observer, along with major sponsor Flow, last Friday put on an exciting grand finale for the 'Expression Tours'.

More than 400 students and teachers from 20 schools across the island converged at the Theatre Place in New Kingston to witness some of the top dancers, singers, drama and poetry pieces from some of their talented schoolmates.

The event, for the first time in its five-year history, was streamed live courtesy of Flow, so that students and teachers who could not attend, would be able to watch the performances.

"We are happy that we could use our technology to share this experience with a wider audience. While some students and teachers came from as far as Westmoreland, we know that many others could not make it and so the live stream provided them with an opportunity to experience the show in real time," said Nicole Campbell, corporate social responsibility specialist at Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, operators of Flow and CBS.

Host Kruddy kept the audience energised and eager to find out what would come next throughout the show. A special karaoke segment, dubbed 'Flow Talent Quest Competition', saw students vying for the grand prize of the coveted Beats by Dre headphones. Two duets and one battle later, Chaddique Young of Mannings School was declared the winner.

"We think that the Teenage Observer Expression Tours is a great way for students to display their creativity, and we want the rest of Jamaica to see just how talented our young people are," stated Campbell.

Flow will also produce a highlight segment of the Expression Tour finals for Flow TV later in May. The feature will showcase some of the top student acts, including first-place winners, 13-year-old twins Dejah and Dejohn Brown, who won for their dub poem Voice of the Ghetto, as well as guest performances from Chino, Chan Dizzy and Omari.

Natalie Chin-Watkins, head of advertising, marketing and communications at the Observer, also commented on the spectacular performances this year.

"Jamaica Observer Limited is proud to have staged yet another successful TeenAGE Expression Tour, and more notably, the TeenAGE Expression Tour finals. It has been a long, gruelling year as the team journeyed to numerous secondary schools across Jamaica, unearthing some of the country's best talent and future stars", Chin-Watkins said. "We are proud to have enabled this amazing journey along with our great partner, FLOW, and look forward to an even more fruitful 2014/2015 academic year. Congratulations to all who have made it to the TeenAGE Expression finals, and well done to those who are judged winners of this great initiative."

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