Starting off as a talent show at P.S.270 in Rosedale, Queens Youth Music Festival is kicking off in Jamaica for its second year. The event is opened to all ages and there will be local talent from students of Francis Lewis High school, Lucas the Entertainer, Juanialys, Trey Beni,and Guns Down Life Up.
A list of performers include Kyndall Harris, a Nickelodeon television star from the show "Lip-Sync Shorties," Yvng Swag, a Young Smooth Millennial Hip Hop dancer and entertainer, Jovanie from Atlantic Records and Jayla Marie, a young rapper from the Lifetime series "The Rap Game."
The festival will be hosted by Arnstar, hip hop recording artist Lil Mama's younger brother and DJ Alden, a ten-year old DJ for CirKiz, an electronic dance party for kids. DJ Alden will be providing music for the festival.
Community organizations involved in the event are Queens Council on the Arts, Go NYC, New York City Department of Community and Youth Development.
There will be a painting workshop sponsored by WeSo Creative and a Lego workshop provided by Bricks 4 Kidz. Body painting and a crafts house will also be provided by the Royal Bounce House located in Richmond Hill.
Additionally, there will also be a basketball clinic hosted by Samaya Clark-Gabriel, a performer from "Little Big Shots," a television show of elementary school children displaying their talent through dancing and singing. Kid chefs will provide food demonstrations.
This year the host of the event, Prototype Music, will be partnering with Muser Movement, a social media tour and talent company.
“Confidence is the key to thriving,” said Aleeia Abraham, founder and director of Prototype Music. “When young folks see someone, their age radiating with confidence, it not only inspires them but a whole community of dreamers.”
“Thanks to the involvement of Muser Movement we expect a bigger impact than the last,” Abraham added.