Fun in the Son

Fun in the Son, also known as Best Dressed Fun in the Son, is an annual Gospel music festival held in Jamaica.

HistoryEdit

First held in March 2002 as a free event, it was originally staged at King's House and Heroes Circle in Ocho Rios.[1][2] It became a three-week festival and moved to Kingston in 2005.[3] It is organised by Tommy Cowan and Carlene Davis's Glory Music organisation.[1] Cowan described the aim of the festival as to "win this generation for Christ".[4]

The event attracted sponsorship from the Jamaican Broilers Group and was renamed 'Best Dressed Fun in the Son', a reference to the group's Best Dressed Chicken brand.[1] In 2012 Fun in the Son was staged at National Heroes Park in Kingston, one of the official events held as part of the celebrations of Jamaica's 50 years of independence.[3][5] An event was also held in Haiti in 2013, and an Autumn tour of schools in Jamaica took place that year.[6]

As well as musical performances, the event includes religious ministry and expanded to include fairground rides and other attractions.[1] The 2014 event is to feature extreme sports, football, marching bands, and a Gospel jazz concert.[4][7]

In 2014 the event will be staged in July at the Jamworld Entertainment Complex in Portmore, St. Catherine.[1]

Headline artists over the years have included Papa San, Carlene Davis, Kirk Franklin, and Goddy Goddy.[1][3] Other artists to perform include Lieutenant Stitchie, Prodigal Son, The Grace Thrillers, Hezekiah Walker, and Ron Kenoly.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Fun in the Son moves to Jamworld", Jamaica Observer, 19 February 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014
  2. ^ a b Diouf, Mamadou & Nwankwo, Ifeoma Kiddoe (eds.) (2010) Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World: Rituals and Remembrances, University of Michigan Press, ISBN 978-0472070961, p. 50
  3. ^ a b c "Kirk Franklin To Headline Fun In The Son 2012", Jamaica Gleaner, 26 June 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2014
  4. ^ a b "Churches Take To The Streets In Support Of Fun In The Son", Jamaica Gleaner, 25 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014
  5. ^ "Fun In The Son Changes Date, Venue", Jamaica Gleaner, 24 May 2012. Retrieved 25 May 2014
  6. ^ "Fun in the Son school tour starts Monday", Jamaica Observer, 27 September 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2014
  7. ^ "Jamworld to host Fun in the Son Archived 25 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine", Jamaica Star, 27 February 2014. Retrieved 25 March 2014

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