Rock City , St. Thomas ROCKED de Tempo when the Caribbean ’s premier entertainment network came to town. On Saturday night June 9, 2007 Tempo held a blow out concert for fans at Lionel Roberts Stadium. Approximately ten thousand people from all over the Caribbean and the world were treated to powerhouse performances by a diverse group of Caribbean artists — from reggae to soca, to dancehall to steel pan.
Headliners Shurwayne Winchester and Shaggy sent the audience into a frenzy with their high impact performances, each sending an hour of unstoppable energy out into the crowd. The evening began with a very special “Badness Outta Style” performance by the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra, an organization that teaches at-risk youth how to play steel pan in an environment that fosters and encourages discipline, scholarship and ambition. Other local artists included the highly popular Pressure, Red Eye Band featuring Abja, Cool Sessions Brass, and P’Your Passion, all of whom were cheered on by their fellow St. Thomians. Also turning out flawless performances in this star-studded event were Maxi Priest, and the Jamaican Empresses Tessanne Chin and Etana. Later, Peter Ram, joined Shurwayne Winchester on stage as a surprise artist to wild applause from the crowd, with his smash hit “Woman by my Side”. Fans also had the chance to see their favorite Tempo personalities up-close – Empress Jeanille Bonterre, Hector Lincoln, Island Girl Anushca, Jah Bami and of course “Mr. Tempo” himself, Frederick A. Morton Jr. appeared throughout the evening’s festivities. Tempo truly proved to be the extraordinary cultural force that it is as concert goers not only expressed their love for Tempo through their attendance, but also stood firm through a 20 minute downpour to ROCK de TEMPO! For exclusive Rock de Tempo photos log on to gottempo.com.
In anticipation of Rock de Tempo a press conference was held on Friday June 8th at the Reichhold Center for the Arts. Sponsors, artists, Tempo executives and USVI Government officials were all in attendance to speak publicly about the growing positive impact that Tempo has had on the USVI and the Caribbean at large.
“Thank you Rock City for the never-ending love…..it was a pleasure to stand in the rain with you as the good Lord showered us with his blessings. What a night to remember! The whole Caribbean will now know how the U.S. Virgin Islands (my home), can Rock de Tempo….!” said Frederick A. Morton, Jr., Founder, SVP & General Manager of Tempo.
Sponsors for Rock de Tempo included: Innovative Cable TV, American Airlines, USVI Department of Tourism, Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef, Tropical Shipping, JKC Communications, West Indies Corporation, University of The Virgin Islands, The Reichhold Center for the Arts, West Indies Corp brands; Hennessey, Budweiser, Monster Energy Drink, Ackley Media Group, Cruzan Rum, Billy D’s Special Tees, First Express, VI Hotel & Tourism Association, Sandal Sole, IHOP, Subway and IB Designs.
Envisioned by native son Frederick Morton Jr. and launched by Viacom, Inc.’s MTV Networks, TEMPO brings the Caribbean vibe to Viacom’s roster of popular and highly targeted cable networks which includes MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, and Spike TV, by representing every island in all its glory. TEMPO brings to life all the richness and influence that the Caribbean has to offer. Connect with TEMPO at gottempo.com. TEMPO is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.
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