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New club opens in Liguanea, Miller launches books

Published:Friday | December 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed DJ Smoke (left), Jayshree Nagrani (centre) and managing director of Club 808, Sean Lyn.
Dr Kei Miller
Contributed The Donald Quarrie High School Band.
Contributed Dr Keith Nurse

Club 808 at 115 Hope Road, Shop 20, Post Mall, Liguanea, St Andrew, celebrated its grand opening on December 6. Appearances were made by recording artistes iCandy and Leftside, CVM TV's 'Onstage' executive producer and host Winford Williams, and public figures Sophia Max-Brown, Carlos Max-Brown, Delano Seiveright, Greg Millwood, Pietro Gramegna and Maylynne Lowe.

Sean Lyn, managing director of the club, said "Club 808 sets itself apart from other clubs for three reasons - its location, its vibe and the sound of music." The club's location appeals to persons, young and old, in the residential and university areas of Kingston, offering secured parking underground and above ground.

The entertainment spaces include the dance floor and reserved area, with bottle service available. Club 808 also offers two fully stocked bars, with trained bartenders and mixologists.

Lyn explained that the term 808 was introduced to music in the 1980s through a machine named Roland TR-808. Its capabilities were enjoyed by many musicians and, as such, led to the term 808 being incorporated into their songs.

The venue is open to the

public Thursday to Saturday,

10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Plans are in high gear for the second season of Jamaica's Best School Band competition. The inter high-school stage-band competition had its first staging earlier this year, with 10 high schools from across the island competing for prizes which included recording sessions with noted producers Mikey Bennett and Paul 'Computer Paul' Henton.

In the lead-up to the new season, which is slated for January 22 - February 22, 2015, at the Edna Manley College of The Visual and Performing Arts, which is one of the main sponsors of the upcoming competition, there is a Pre-Competition Showcase tomorrow at the Boulevard Super Centre on Washington Boulevard, starting at 3 p.m. The event will feature reigning champions Pembroke Hall High, returning competitor Donald Quarrie High, and first-time entrants Tarrant High and St Andrew Technical High schools.

"I would like to urge everyone to support our young musicians as we aim to nurture, mentor and inspire them to carry on Jamaica's rich cultural legacy," said Jamaica's Best School Band competition organiser, Rayven Amani.

Acclaimed Jamaican author Kei Miller will launch two of his most recently published books, Writing Down the Vision: Essays and Prophecies (2014) and The Cartographer Tries to Map A Way to Zion (2014), at The Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, on Sunday, December 21, at 11 a.m. The event is hosted by the Centre, in association with the Department of Literatures in English, UWI, Mona.

The event is open to the public.

Earlier this year, Miller won the Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature in non-fiction for Writing Down The Vision: Essays and Prophecies, and then later in the year, he became the first black writer to win Britain's most prestigious poetry prize, the Forward Prize for Best Collection, for The Cartographer Tries to Map A Way to Zion. The latter dramatises conflicting epistemologies, namely the cartographer's and that of the Rastaman, while the former, by its title alone, challenges us to locate the sacred in the secular and vice versa.

Miller is the recipient of numerous literary awards and fellowships, including the Rhodes Trust, Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural Studies (2013) and the International Writer's Fellowship (University of Iowa, 2007), and was named one of the Poetry Book Society New Generation Poets (2014). He has been an invited guest lecturer at various institutions worldwide. His essays, poetry, and non-fiction writing have been published and anthologised in reputable journals and readers.

In 2009, Miller became one of the youngest winners of the Institute of Jamaica's Silver Musgrave Medals for his contributions to Literature. He was appointed Writer-In-Residence at the UWI, Mona, in 2013. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow, where he was Reader in Caribbean Literature until recently. Miller now directs the Research Centre in Creative Writing at University of London, Royal Holloway.

This week, CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) announced its international team of top film and cultural industry talent to implement the 3D Distribution Project, financed by the ACP Cultures+ Programme of the European Union (EU).

The aim of the 3D Project (which stands for Digital, Domestic and Diaspora Distribution) is to expand markets for indigenous film and contribute to the Caribbean film industry's global competitiveness.

Leading the project as steering committee chair is Dr Keith Nurse (Trinidad/Barbados). Other key members include former board chair of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company and co-founder of Banyan Ltd/Gayelle TV, Christopher Laird (Trinidad &Tobago); director of the Belize International Film Festival, Suzette Zayden (Belize); world renowned, award-winning composer, producer and film and television music arranger, John Welsman (Canada); and Philippines-born Austrian, Camilo Antonio.

3D will be co-managed by CTWD's founder and CEO, Frances-Anne Solomon, with financial manager Susan Fueg. They are supported by assistant project manager Melissa Gomez. Courtney Panchan, in her new role as manager of acquisitions and operations will have two acquisitions and programming associates working with her - celebrated Jamaican film-maker and producer Mary Wells (also a CTWD director), and Christopher Pinheiro, who is also lead programmer of the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival.

Film-maker and film/TV producer Nicole Brooks is distribution manager, working closely with new business development manager, Robert Evans. Rodney Smith from Barbados is responsible for the branding, design and management of CTWD's online assets, while Sonique Solutions' Damian Sogren from Trinidad will lead the project's diaspora marketing campaign.