Once upon a time, just a few decades ago, downtown Kingston was the jewel in Jamaica’s crown, boasting all the amenities of a modern, prosperous city. The narrow streets boasted successful businesses, majestic theatres, awe-inspiring places of worship and stately administrative buildings. Today, much of the lustre is gone, even though vestiges of those glory days still remain, some amidst ruin and decay.
Although lady Kingston is but a shadow of her former self, the city still holds the key to much of what makes Jamaica the cultural powerhouse of the Caribbean, with a national identity so strong it is recognised all over the world. It is the birthplace of Jamaican music, our cultural Mecca, the heartbeat of business and commerce and a place of rich history.
Considering the rich musical history of the city, it is no wonder that downtown Kingston was the venue of choice to host the the free Tessanne Chin homecoming concert, in celebration of her recent victory on the American talent show The Voice. Read more about the fascinating cultural and historical significance of downtown Kingston in this diG Jamaica Special: Destination Downtown. Follow the hashtags #downtownkingstonjamaica, #destinationdowntown and #TeamTessanne on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest happenings.