Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, says she is concerned about the fact that Jamaica’s output of female artistes is very small and has vowed to do her utmost best to increase the numbers.
Speaking against the background of the low representation of women artistes at the recently-held Rebel Salute Reggae festival, Grange said that even the well-established artistes are few in numbers. She said the more prominent female artistes “primarily leave for tours” and, as a consequence, are unavailable for many of the local events held on the island.
“There are some young female artistes coming up who are extremely good but we need more,” Grange, who is a former manager of dancehall icons Patra, Shabba Ranks, and Bounty Killer, had said.
As a consequence, the former Shang executive said she has made it a point of her duty seek and find talented female artistes in order to increase the percentage of women who are booked to perform on some of the major Reggae festivals within the island.