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Published:Friday | February 20, 2015 | 12:01 AM
Contributed History Man
Ras Takura
File A socio-economic commentary on the IMF by Phillip Thomas at National Biennial.
File Pam Halll

Conscious Reggae Party at Countryside

The Conscious Reggae Party goes to Countryside Club, Courtney Walsh Drive, St Andrew, on Friday, February 27, just in time for Reggae Month as it closes for the 2015 staging.

Countryside's regular Street Vibe Friday will have a new feature on the last Friday of each month, when a special live act will be presented. In celebration of Reggae Month, Countryside has collaborated with Rassis International to present Conscious Reggae Party. Artistes to perform include Roots Underground, D 'Medz, Papa D, Tribe Azizi, Monica Goss Xylophone, and History Man.

The show starts at 10 p.m., after Countryside's regular Street Vibe Fridays starts at 4:30 p.m.

Ras Takura launches 'Food War' in the US

Today, poet Ras Takura will launch his Food War album in the United States. The launch will be held at The Purple Lounge, 1517 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, New York.

In a release, he said, "The project is the true fulfillment of a very long-standing desire. However, I have no regrets of the fact that it took me almost a decade being in the business to present my first full album."

"I think now is the most appropriate time, and I could not pay for the lessons that I learned during this passage of time, since our people have become more aware of the work that I am doing and also of the sensitive topics that I have covered on this project," Takura said.

Describing the set, the poet said, "This album relates to food security and modern agriculture and the impact of GMO interference with the natural environment. This 17-track project covers a wide variety of topics, yet maintains the core message of food war/food security."

Among the tacks on the album are The Science of Agriculture, written when Ras Takura, a second year student at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education. The poem features Mutabaruka, who Takura says has always been an inspiration and a father figure for him.

Plantain (She Love the Plantain), You in My Life (featuring Jhmiela Smith), In Search Of, Her Majesty's Prison, Face Your life, the title track Food War and Mi Caan Believe (a tribute to the late poet Mikey Smith and also a tribute to the late Mario Dean), Ganja Plant (featuring Steppa) are among the other tracks on the album.

Takura invites all to "share it (Food War) with your family and friends, because we exist in a time of biological warfare, and I want my people to be prepared."

Poetry in Motion

on Sunday

Poetry in Motion will celebrate its 12th annual staging on Sunday February 22, starting at 6 p.m. at the Manchester Golf Club, Brumalia Road, Mandeville.

Poetry in Motion will present a monetary contribution to its designated annual charity, which for this year is the Gilbert and Georgia Allen Educational Trust.

Sponsorship is provided by the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) and Irie Life Anguilla to facilitate 48 teachers and students from 12 educational institutions from Clarendon, St Elizabeth and Manchester.

The eclectic mix of performers for Poetry in Motion 2015 is Mutabaruka, Pam Hall, Dr Michael Abrahams, Dufton Shepherd, Yasus Afari, Jean 'Binta' Breeze, Kellie Magnus, Randy McLaren, Annmarie Wilmot, Marcel 'Ahmdeep' Allen, Gervanna Stephenson, Georgia Allen, Charmaine Gooden-Monteith and Sankofa Fashions. The last will roll out the SanKoFa Fashion Red Carpet to allow patrons to be photographed.

Gates open at 3:00 p.m. and the show starts at 6:00 p.m. Punctualityis a proud hallmark of Poetry in Motion.

Last Sundays to

benefit Alpha student

The National Gallery of Jamaica's Last Sundays event on February 22 will feature yoga in the gallery with Nadine McNeil (Universal Empress) and Donovan Manning, music by DJ Iset Sankofa and the Jamaica Biennial 2014, which is now in its final month.

Doors will be open from 11 am to 4 pm.

The yoga session, presented under the title, Yoga Ethnochoreology, is themed around what McNeil prefers to call African Heritage Month, with a special focus on the 'divine masculine', and will be accompanied by music selected by DJ Iset Sankofa.

The yoga session will start at 11 a.m. and the cost is $1,000. Proceeds will be used to fund an internship at the National Gallery for an Alpha Institute student. Interested persons are asked to pre-register at info@universalempress.com. Space is limited, so please register early and bring your own yoga mat.