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JN to lift spirits with virtual concert on Easter Monday

Published:Friday | April 10, 2020 | 2:32 PM
Agent Sasco. File
Kevin Downswell. File

As restrictions on normal ways of life continue for Jamaicans because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the JN Group will be seeking to lift spirits on Easter Monday with an electrifying fusion of contemporary reggae and gospel in a two-hour virtual concert being headlined by its JN Brand Ambassadors: gospel sensation, Kevin Downswell and dancehall entertainer, Agent Sasco.

The event, dubbed the JN Group Together We’re Strong Concert, is scheduled for 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on April 13, and will be streamed via the group’s social media platforms on Facebook and Instagram. 
Other big performances will come from gospel stars Rondell Positive, Rhoda Isabella and reggae songstress, Naomi Cowan, as well as her mother, internationally acclaimed gospel artiste, Minister Carlene Davis. 

The event will be hosted by popular comedian, Ian 'Ity' Ellis.
Earl Jarrett, chief executive officer of the Jamaica National Group, said the concert is being mounted to support Jamaicans locally and in the diaspora, as they grapple with not only the economic and social disruptions caused by the outbreak, but also with the test that these difficult times have placed on their faith and spirituality. 

COVID-19 has infected in excess of 1.4 million people worldwide and killed more than 80,000. In Jamaica, the infections numbered 63 up to April 10 and four people have died. Government restrictions on movement have resulted in several countries, including Jamaica, where public gatherings, to include church services, have been curtailed; ports have been closed; work-from-home policies instituted, and nightly curfews implemented to slow the spread of the virus, which causes the disease.     

“Many people have lost their jobs, closed their businesses and are mentally strained by the effects of all the restrictions. We now have to adapt to a ‘new normal’ in how we interact with each other in business and in our social lives or even as people of faith,” Jarrett underscored. 

“This concert seeks to remind us that we are a resilient people and that, together, we can overcome anything that seeks to test our collective spirit and relationships with each other and our relationship with our Creator.” 

Fans will be able to interact with the stars as they perform live, by posting their comments to the JN Group’s social media pages. They are being encouraged to use the hashtags #togetherwearestrong #JNStrong #JNCares #WeWillHelpYouFindaWay #HealingandHope.

Under the theme, ‘Healing for the People; Hope for the Nation’, the concert is aimed at bringing hope to Jamaicans, locally and overseas, during these difficult times, Jarrett said.

“We are stronger together as a people and the JN Group is empowered to play its part in continuing to help Jamaicans to find a way during this difficult period,” he said.