ST Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) Alumni Association is hoping that the second staging of Sanchez & Friends slated for the Chinese Benevolent Association in Kingston on Saturday, March 30, will bring better fortune.
“We broke even with the last show and we’re hoping this year to make some money,” Sybil Jones, president of STATHS Alumni Jamaica, told the Jamaica Observer.
The concert’s inaugural staging was held in 2017.
Sanchez & Friends’ media launch was held at at Ribbiz Ocean Lounge in downtown Kingston on Tuesday. STATHS alumi Turbulence, Lutan Fyah, and Hawkeye were also in attendance. They gave guests a taste of what to expect on the day of the concert.
“We have put more artistes on the show. We’re starting later. It’s Champs night and we’re hoping to have an after-Champs party as part of the fund-raising effort,” she explained.
In addition to the headliner Sanchez, Turbulence, Lutan Fyah, and Hawkeye, Sanchez & Friends: Keeping It Real is expected to see Jai Kingston, Admiral Bailey, Mega Banton, Imeru Tafari, Nateesha Stream, Inffa, King Sounds, and Ragga Lox.
“It wasn’t difficult to get the support of Sanchez as he’s a past student of STATHS. From inception he was willing to give back, not changing for being a part of the show.”
Sanchez, given name Kevin Jackson, rose to prominence in 1988 with his cover of Jermaine Jackson’s Lonely Won’t Leave Me Alone. Since then he has been a staple on the lovers rock scene with songs including, One In A Million, Missing You, and Never Dis Di Man.
Proceeds from the inaugural staging failed to make the targeted $6 million towards the aim of re-roofing and expanding the school’s auditorium. The hope is that this year’s staging will finish that project.
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