Tony Rebel shines at inaugural Portmore Gold Jamboree
Veteran entertainer Tony Rebel highlighted the Portmore Gold Jamboree Tuesday night as thousands turned out to witness the inaugural staging of the event, organised by the civic affairs committee of the Portmore Municipal Council partnering with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).
The cultural event held on the site of the proposed climate change park opposite the Portmore Mall, is expected be an annual affair to coincide with Emancipation Day observances in Portmore, according to the organisers.
Rebel's remarkable performance had the massive crowd cheering throughout as he reached into his repertoire and unloaded some of his patriotic hits songs.
Other performers featured were gold medal winners from Portmore schools in the recently concluded JCDC festival of performing arts, the Jamaica Constabulary Force band and gospel singers.
Chairman of the Portmore Municipal Council and mayor of the municipality, Leon Thomas, said residents of Portmore have been asking for a calendar event to coincide with Emancipation Day for some time.
He acknowledged the success of the event and said the committee started out with zero budget.
"Our theme is 'zero budget', however we are extremely thankful for the sponsors who came on board to support us," he said, suggesting that next year will be bigger and better.