One iconic event – Annual concert projected to pull in reggae pilgrims | Entertainment

The theme of last year’s Reggae Month was ‘Reggae Mek Yah’, emphasising Jamaica as the point of origin for not only reggae, but of all the Jamaican music forms reggae has become a catch-all name for, among them ska, rocksteady, dancehall and dub. The play on Mecca, the Saudi Arabian town where Islam’s founder Muhammad was born, is obvious, and even as Reggae Month 2018 continues to be observed under the theme, ‘Peace, Love, Reggae’, there is a plan to have reggae pilgrims visit Jamaica for an annual event, the…

The Music Diaries | Bunny Wailer honoured, great works acknowledged | Entertainment

The image and status of Bunny Wailer were virtually immortalised at an exciting concert at the Bournemouth Complex along the Michael Manley Boulevard last Sunday, February 11. The event, dubbed Irie FM Lifetime Achievement Award and Celebration for Bunny Wailer, saw a plethora of artistes from the present and past generations showering unending accolades on the maestro, whose work has not only helped to place Jamaica on the international music map, but has also preserved the Wailers’ legacy even at times when it stood on shaky ground. Bunny, born Neville…

Reggae Salute bows in on Heroes Weekend | Entertainment

Reggae in its purest form is synonymous with struggle. This is underscored by the lyrics of such artistes like the legendary Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Bunny Wailer, Luciano, as well as a host of others. In this regard, it is only natural that the music be used to salute and pay homage to our Heroes. To this end, US-based Jamaican, Carlos Daley, through his CRS Promotions company, will be staging the inaugural Reggae Salute on Heroes Weekend this October. The weekend of activities will be highlighted by a…

Renewed partners for second annual Kaya Fest | Entertainment

Stephen Marley’s Fruit of Life Productions has announced its renewed partnership with OneRise Entertainment to produce the second annual Kaya Fest. The two-day festival will be making its first appearance in southern California at NOS Events Centre from April 28-29. In a release sent to media, the son of the late reggae legend Bob Marley revealed that the renewed partnership allows his team the opportunity to continue a work that honours his father’s legacy. “There is an incredible movement happening for a richer understanding of kaya, not just for recreation,…

JAMPRO announces Film Commission open house in MoBay | Entertainment

Last year, the film community was abuzz with activity: from the television premiere of the short web series Losing Patience to the partly locally filmed directorial debut of British filmmaker Idris Elba. This year, American director Joshua Coates, in partnership with The Solid Agency, recently revealed plans to adapt Jamaican author Colin Don Rose’s debut novel, So Enticing. A Brief History of Seven Killings, written by Marlon James, is currently in pre-production, and in the hands of accomplished director Melina Matsoukas. More recently, celebrated Jamaican-Canadian model Stacey McKenzie visited the…

Story of the Song | ‘She Boom’ has ‘Girlie Girlie’ connection | Entertainment

In his 1986 song She Boom, Mallory Williams sings about a woman called ‘Poochie Lou’, whose dancing sets the Rae Town Sunday night oldies session alight, so much so that “dem tun off de soun’ fi she sekkle down/Coulden sekkle down she come fi mash up de town”. However, in the writing of She Boom, there was a woman whose name is not mentioned in the song. And his connection to that woman, Sophia George, came about because of her hit, Girlie Girlie. The late Tony Laing directed the video…

Reggae Icons Concert part of Ja’s global pitch | Entertainment

Today’s free Reggae Icons Concert, celebrating the life and work of the Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Brown, will be filmed. Unlike some other events, though, it will not be streamed live so that those who do not make it to the Kingston waterfront can get an armchair view of the show. Kamal Bankay, Reggae Month steering committee co-chair, along with Howard McIntosh, told The Sunday Gleaner, that the Reggae Icons Concert footage will be part of a project being done by the Ministry of Tourism and Phase 3 Production…

Campion College spreads ‘Roots’ to the diaspora | Entertainment

The Dance Society of Campion College, in its seventh season of dance in July 2017, used the art to convey the message of having national pride by accepting the experiences and talents that have made Jamaica stand out on the international stages. Little did the artistic director, Dwight Wright, know the production Roots would have attracted the attention of the New York-based York College when he presented a proposal and met with Kwame Clarke, production manager at the institution. Wright told The Sunday Gleaner, “The season had powerful dances purposely…

Music and More | The fantasy of cinema diversity | Entertainment

Dem know ’bout Carib now true dat a de only one Dem no know State or Regal and Odeon” – Agent Sasco, History Book In my younger, less patient – and hence less practical – days, I attended a church service in Cross Roads, St Andrew. The building was once a cinema and, as I listened to the pastor and observed the rituals, I thought, “Yeah, man. Different set-up, but same presentation of fantasy. They charge you same way and at least they change the films at the cinema.” Having…

Rex kept alive with glitzy affair | Entertainment

Eight years ago, Rex Nettleford, artistic director of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) and pro-vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, passed away. And although his time on earth is up, he continues to impact Jamaicans, their culture, and their academics through the work of The Rex Nettleford Foundation. A full house turned out at the Little Theatre, St Andrew, on Tuesday to relive some of Nettleford’s choreographic works while, at the same time, celebrating with two young Jamaicans, Nicholas McIntyre and Cushema Weir. The…