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Students of Ardenne High School in performance at the Festival of the Performing Arts Competition National Finals. - Contributed
Rastafari gets good treatment in 'Equal Rights: Reggae and Social Change'. - Flie
Kaisha Lee

JCDC extends deadline

In an effort to hone the creative expressions and talents of Jamaicans, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) stages the National Festival of the Performing Arts Competition annually. This year, the competition will close entries on Wednesday, December 31.

The JCDC has given the extension in an effort to give individuals, schools, community groups, youth clubs, social clubs, performing arts clubs and church groups an opportunity to improve entries for the 2015 National Festival of the Performing Arts.

Entries are accepted in the categories of speech, drama, music, traditional folk forms and dance. Interested persons can access entry forms online at the JCDC website, and at the JCDC head office, 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10, and all JCDC parish offices islandwide.

The JCDC's Director of Marketing and Public Relations Stephen Davidson, is imploring members of the public to encourage young people to enter the performing arts competition as categories such as traditional folk forms are an essential part of our legacy that must be preserved and kept alive.

Equal Rights exhibition closes November 28

The very popular and informative exhibition Equal Rights Reggae and Social Change will end on November 28. Organised by the Jamaica Music Museum (JaMM) and endorsed as part of the Jamaica 50 celebrations, Equal Rights: Reggae and Social Change opened on August 12, 2012, at the Institute of Jamaica, East Street, Kingston.

The exhibition, inspired by the late Peter Tosh's 1977 album Equal Rights, explores the phenomenal power of Jamaican art and music to the social history of the island, from as far back as the 16th century to present. Displays of record album covers, posters, film and sound clips as well as music samples encompass the exhibition, which incorporates influences shared by Jamaican visual artists.

Hundreds of local and international visitors have toured the Equal Rights: Reggae and Social Change exhibition, expressing awe at the information it conveys. "Very informative," one visitor stated, and "an interesting, captivating, creative manner of display to tell the story of Jamaican music evolution." Another visitor felt a great deal of pride for experiencing such an array of Jamaican music and a third wanted to let the public know that, while it is an enriching exhibition, we should not "lose our history and with it our identity".

The exhibition can be visited virtually at

Kaisha Lee launches I Heart Reggae campaign

Canadian jazz-reggae singer Kaisha Lee will release her I Heart Reggae album on December 17. In the period leading up to the release, she will be active in Montreal and Toronto, with launch parties planned in both major Canadian cities.

On Friday December 5, Kaisha kicks off the first show of her North American I Heart Reggae promotional tour in Montreal, which will also be the first of her two Canadian album-launch parties. The tour is meant to hit a new city each month across Canada, North America and the Caribbean, supporting the local reggae talents of each area.

As a part of her campaign for the upcoming album and tour, Kaisha Lee is introducing a clothing line geared towards reggae lovers across the world. The I Heart Reggae collection features apparel made from hemp and bamboo material. The line includes hoodies, long-sleeved shirts, yoga wear, and T-shirts, with other designs in the works.

The clothing line is available at The website also has the tour information.