This year’s Honey Jam will have a new feature which caters for male vocalists in the entertainment industry.
The announcement came from the founder of Honey Jam Barbados Ebonnie Rowe who explained how it came about.
“There is something new that we are doing this year at Honey Jams. For all the years that I have been doing it in Canada and here, people have asked – when are you going to do something for men? – I was like that is not really my brand. This year, one of the audition judges Island Levy wrote that he really liked the experience and wished there was something like this for himself and young men. [That] really touched my heart,” Rowe said, adding that following Island Levy’s advice she decided to reach out to Jabari Browne to be the first participant for the male segment.
“So I said I would try a thing and this year for the first time ever I will have male performers. The focus will also be women and that is what the brand is about. We will have a five minute part of the show called Man Jam. I asked Jabari Browne – and I thought it was fitting as Nakita is one of our most successful alums from Barbados – if he would be willing to find other male artistes who would be willing to participate,” she said.
Browne said he was honoured to have the opportunity and will be performing three songs with Chad Montplaisir. Kareem Agard will be cooking up something special to mark the momentous occasion.
“I am very thankful for this opportunity. There are a million young people like myself who would love to do something like this. To be the first to ever try it means a lot to me,” he said.
One of the sponsors of the event, DJ Simmons of Gine On, said parents and friends needed to support the young ladies in their musical journeys.
“I really want to reach out to the friends and family. I am very proud of Ebonnie because Ebonnie pushes hard all the time and is always looking out for people and posting on social media to make sure that people know what the programme is doing. It is not Ebonnie’s job alone to do that. It is all of [your] friends and family, cousins and everybody that has to push through. Because then the artistes feel that they are going to push harder and make you proud,” he said.
Honey Jam concert kicks off on November 17 where nine talented females and one all-girl group will grace the stage. They are: Sapphire, Toni Mcintosh, Alyx Alanis, Dannyele Leslie, Akeiba Inniss, Therez Lambert, Safiyyah Muhammed, Samaria King, Harmoni, and Focus. (LG)