Top honours to Ascot, Ardenne
For More than 10 years, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) has been encouraging young people to strive for excellence in the performing arts through the National Festival of the Performing Arts programme. The top award is the Marcus Garvey Award for Excellence and, recently, the Ascot and Ardenne high schools were presented with the prestigious award.
The JCDC's executive director, Delroy Gordon, believes the Marcus Garvey Award encourages young people to aim for excellence and is an appropriate avenue to continue Garvey's legacy. Gordon made his remarks at an awards ceremony held last Friday at the Institute of Jamaica, East Street, Kingston, adding that Garvey's contribution to Jamaican culture and the arts is phenomenal. "The Festival of the Performing Arts competition has been encouraging students and groups to reproduce many of Garvey's works, including his sayings and even songs, which help to keep his legacy alive," Gordon said.
Ascot High won the award for 2011 and Ardenne High was the recipient for 2012, 2013 and 2014. The schools excelled in at least three of the five areas in the Performing Arts programme, which are speech, drama, music, dance and traditional folk forms.
Educator Karen Knott has been involved in the performing arts programme at Little London Primary School, Westmoreland, for more than 19 years. She has seen many students excel academically, several of them products of the performing arts programme.
"I am not saying that the performing arts programme is the sole contributor to the students' success, but it has helped. The students call and express their gratitude for what the performing arts programme has taught them and how it has helped them to develop. They mention that it has helped them to develop their confidence and also with alternative-thinking abilities" Knott said.
Knott said the objective is not just having students perform onstage, but equipping them with life skills. She noted that past student Randy Goldson, who was in the programme, is currently on a fellowship at Yale Divinity School and was recently awarded for his oratory skills.
Little London Primary School has copped an estimated 50 national awards and several parish awards. In 2006, they received a record 13 national awards in the JCDC competitions.
Singer Max Romeo will be celebrating two important milestones on Saturday, November 22, as he marks his 70th birthday and 50 years in the music business.
The event will be presented at the home of Charmax Music, Palm, Treadways, St Catherine, and will feature live music with a number of artistes from the Charmax label.
Publicist Tony Mack said "for Max to be as in demand now, in 2014, is a testament to his awesome God-given gifts and also sheds light on the power and acceptance of roots reggae music worldwide."
Romance will definitely be in the air on Saturday, November 22, at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York, when Irie Jam Radio presents Soulmate 2014, now in its third year.
"That night, it will be about togetherness and sweet romance. Lovers can relive the magical moment they proposed or the blissful feeling when they were walking down the aisle," said Robert 'Bobby' Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam Radio.
With experienced sounds in the house such as the Immortal Stone Love, Massive B, Road International, Dubb Master Chris, and DJ Cali B, it is expected the tone will be set for a romantic night.
Soulmate begins at 8:00 p.m Resorts World Casino is a spacious venue, with 70,000 square feet of space.
Tonight, Appleton Special Jamaica Rum's Mix Specialist series makes its western Jamaica debut with a pop-up event in Montego Bay at the Old Hospital Park. The event, which is free of cost for patrons age 18 years and older, will feature FAME FM's DJ Inferno and DJ Cyrus.
The series aims to bring back the friendly disc jock rivalry of mixology to Jamaica's dancehall sound-system culture. The six-venue islandwide tour features prominent FAME FM disc jockeys engaging in clean and professional music duels, with selections consisting of dancehall and dancehall remixes, which include other popular genres of music.
Montego Bay is the third stop on the tour, as the Mix Specialist series has already popped up in Old Harbour, St Catherine, on October 17, and Junction, St Elizabeth, on October 31.
Cecil Smith, group brand manager for rums at J. Wray & Nephew Limited, said, "The Appleton Mix Specialist series has been a hit so far. Old Harbour and Junction saw over 1,000 patrons enjoying the high-energy street party vibe and drink specials. Montego Bay is one of the entertainment capitals of not only Jamaica, but the Caribbean, so we're excited to bring our Mix Specialist series to the Second City."
"Throughout the night, patrons will not only be provided with pulsating dancehall music and remixes, but also our classic mix of Appleton and Cola, offered as a drink special, where for only $500 you get a 200ml size Appleton Special with a cola chaser."