The 2018 Noranda Community Council Amateur Talent Show series ended recently with the finals at the Port Rhoades Sports Club (former Kaiser Sports Club) in Discovery Bay.
The month long Thursday evening concerts attracted large crowds and a bumper audience of some 2,000 on the final night.
Zordan Muffat with a commanding mixture of reggae and dance hall was placed first out of the 15 contestants, with Celicia Ellis placing second and the One Goh Skankers dance group, third.
The concerts are promoted by Noranda Bauxite as a community recreation event as well as opportunities to showcase local talent from out of its operational areas in St. Ann.
The contestants served up skillful and entertaining performances in reggae, dance hall, gospel, old hits, as well as a number of creative dance acts.
The entrants are invited from the communities and districts close to the Noranda base in Discovery bay, and extending to Brown’s Town, Western Trelawny, and St. Ann’s bay.
Prior to each show they are taken through auditions and coaching by a panel of music teachers and Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) adjudicators Mark Brown, Marjorie McIntosh and Maurice Bryson.
The panel was joined this year by reggae star Singing Melody (Everton Hardware.)
“Singing Melody’s intervention is timely,” says Kent Skyers, Noranda’s Public Relations Superintendent and concert chairman. “Our objective is to follow up and encourage our rural community artists to step into the limelight following their concert performance.
“A prime example is Sasha Gaye Solomon who was our 2017 champion and is now a popular finalist in the Digicel Rising Stars competition.”
Jordan Muffat was the most exciting find this year, according to the judges. A UWI student who hails from Chester in St. Ann, he has the ability to wrap himself around the audience with a Bob Marley style mystique, bringing a unique and creative style to his act each night.
The fans had their fill this year with the standard declared the highest since the series started in 2010.
The second placed gospel soloist Ellis, the Ashley and One Goh Skankers dance acts, the One Side Family show stopping singing trio with their theatrical performances, the wide ranging voices of Marlon Russell, Delroy Lyon and Bernardo Wollaston, all represented their districts of Farm Town, Top Bay, Thicketts, Chester, Woods Town quite well and were well received by the audience.
“The show has become a calendar event in St Ann, and is part of Noranda Bauxite’s community outreach programmes,” Skyers noted.