NEWS

Alpha offers up reggae experiences in Jamaica, New York and London

Roots, Rock, Auction: Online Silent Auction to Benefit Alpha Institute

As a part of its 2017 Reggae Month activities the Alpha Institute (formerly the Alpha Boys School) is staging an online silent auction that proffers up prizes that provide one of a kind items and “reggae experiences” that stretch from Jamaica to the UK.

In: Music Tags: Alpha Institute, Alpha Boys School, Music, Jamaican Music, Reggae
Mark Phinn and Kerry Ann Henry in Dimensions at the NDTC 55th anniversary launch

Let's Dance: NDTC Launches 55th Anniversary Celebrations

A beautifully serene rendition of ‘Evening Time’ brought the musical overture at the launch of the National Dance Theatre Company’s 55th anniversary celebrations to a close.

In: Theatre Tags: National Dance Theatre Company, NDTC, Jamaican Dance, dance, Jamaica
Jolly Boys among the mento bands for 'How the Mento So Sweet' Reggae Month 2017

Jamaica Music Museum Taps Into Mento Sweetness for Reggae Month 2017

For Reggae Month 2017 the Jamaica Music Museum will be searching for sweetness. The JMM’s annual Groundation events will be exploring the rhythms and message of mento under the theme ‘Mento: Is ow de Music So Sweet’, using film, music and discussions.

In: Music Tags: Reggae Month 2017, Reggae Month, Jamaica Music Museum, Mento, Jamaican Music
Poet Mel Cooke reads to an audience as KBF 2016 lunch time event

Kingston Book Festival Becomes Biennial Event: Next Event March 2018

The Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ) has announced that the Kingston Book Festival, usually held every March, will become an biennial event, with the next staging taking place in March 2018.

In: Books Tags: Kingston Book Festival, KBF, Book Industry Association of Jamaica, Book Festivals
An image of a samurai looks on as a visitor explores the Spirit of Budo exhibit

Exhibition on Japanese Martial Arts Opens in Kingston

The word budō, is hardly known in Jamaica, but the Japanese martial arts to which it refers has fascinated Jamaicans for decades. The travelling exhibition The Spirit of Budō:

In: Art & Design Tags: Japan, Jamaica, Martial arts, Exhibition, Institute of Jamaica

INTERVIEWS

Tanya Stephens calls for banning of the word 'female' as a label before artists

Tanya Stephens Talks Sex, Reggae and How Hatred Shaped Her

An eloquent and talented lyricist, Tanya Stephens delivered an engaging and provoking talk as the penultimate speaker in the 2016 Reggae Talks series staged by the Department of Literatures in English at the UWI, Mona.

In: Music
Tags: Tanya Stephens, Reggae, Reggae Talks, Music, Jamaica
Naomi Jackson debut author of Star Side of Bird Hill

Five Questions With Naomi Jackson

While at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Susumba caught up with the bright-eyed and charming Naomi Jackson debut author of The Star Side of Bird Hill (Penguin Press), published in June this year.

In: Books
Tags: Naomi Jackson, Brooklyn Book Festival, Caribbean writers, Star Side of Bird Hill
Christopher McFarlane and Maylynne Lowe in Basil Dawkins' Toy Boy

Chris McFarlane on the Art and Craft of Acting

Prolific is one word that comes to mind when describing Christopher McFarlane, veteran actor of stage and screen.

In: Theatre
Tags: Christopher McFarlane, Jamaican theatre, Jamaican Actors

REVIEWS

Nicole Dennis-Benn's Here Comes the Sun exposes the murky underbelly of tourism

Rejecting the Single Story: Nicole Dennis-Benn's Here Comes the Sun

Nicole Dennis-Benn’s debut novel Here Comes the Sun should come with a trigger warning. Despite the sunny, cheerful cover, these pages are filled with drought, desperation and desire – a scathing exposé on tourism.

In: Books Tags: Nicole Dennis-Benn, Here Comes the Sun, book reviews, Caribbean writers, Caribbean literarure
Leasho Johnson's Belasario provocative exhibition the Sounboy and Belasario

When the Soundboy Rules: Leasho Johnson's Solo Exhibition

In his first solo exhibition, Belasario and the Soundboy, Leasho Johnson draws a pulsating, drum and bass laden line between Jamaica’s colonial/plantation history, tourism and contemporary Jamaican sexuality as it is often uncovered in dancehall.

In: Art & Design Tags: Leasho Johson, Jamaican Art, NLS, art exhibitions, Jamaican artists
Shara McCallum's Mad Woman dabbles in fire and duppies

Memory and Spirits Haunt in Shara McCallum’s Mad Woman

If madness means being plagued by memory, haunted by ruins of the past, and housing oneself in the thick of life, then may we all be so afflicted.

In: Books Tags: Shara McCallum, Poetry, Jamaican poets
Richard Nattoo 2016 solo exhibition Lost in the Echo opened at the Hub

Lost in the Echo - A Vibrant, Enigmatic Exhibition

Beautiful is not a word easily or often associated with crocodiles. But under the skillful artistry of Richard Nattoo, this gruesome, fearsome reptile is rendered a work of absolute and enigmatic beauty, in ‘Sobek’s Blessing’. 

In: Art & Design Tags: Richard Nattoo - Jamaican artists, Caribbean Art, Art Exhibition