Jamaica is Venue for Global Music Talent Search

KINSTON, Jamaica(JIS) Kingston, Jamaica will be one of the four venues for the road shows of the BBC World Service’s global music talent search titled, The Next Big Thing.

The Next Big Thing, which broadcasts on both the BBC World Service and BBC World television, is in its second year, and showcases exciting new music, bands and performers.

Last year’s winner, Silva, went on to have a number one hit in her home country Armenia and played the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. There were entries from thousands of musicians from more than 40 countries.

In addition to Jamaica, The Next Big Thing will also be out on the road with local events in Mumbai India, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Istanbul, Turkey.

Entries will be accepted through the BBC World Service site and a page on the social networking site MySpace.

The two main rules of the competition are that artistes must be unsigned and perform their own original material. The closing date for entries is November 18, 2007.

The finalists will be brought to London to perform before an all-star jury in December.

The winning act will be crowned The Next Big Thing 2007 and will perform, with some of the big names in the business before a live audience of an estimated 3,000 people at London’s O2 arena, as part of the celebrations for BBC World Service’s 75th Anniversary in December.

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