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Best School Band into season two

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Paul Kastick (at drums) with students of Pembroke Hall High School Band during season one of the Jamaica's Best School Band competition..
File Omari Banks
Contributed Frances-Anne Solomon CEO of CaribbeanTales/ CTWD.
File Cherine Anderson (right) engages a girl in a game of hopscotch at Sunday's ROC Kids Fest, held on Sunday at 5 Keesing Avenue, St Andrew.
Contributed Melessa Vassell, 2015 Jamaica Monologue Slam champion.
Contributed Former JCDC Children's Gospel competition winnerRajae Coleman (6 -10 year-olds).

Ja's Best School Band into season 2

Jorja Events Media, organiser of Jamaica's Best School Band Competition, has announced that the inter-high school stage band competition's new season will feature 10 high schools from across Jamaica.

Entrants include the top three from season one, Pembroke Hall High, Cornwall College and Dinthill Technical, in that order. Winners Pembroke Hall High opened day two of Rebel Salute 2015 in Priory, St Ann.

New entrants are St Andrew Technical High, Tarrant High, Alpha Boys, Belair High and Meadowbrook High.

The bands will be taken through four rounds of intense performances on various themes, including a Tribute To Top Jamaican Reggae Bands. Judges Lloyd Parkes and Frankie Campbell will determine which unit will be crowned Jamaica's Best School Band 2015.

Sponsors include Suncity 104.9 FM and the Edna Manley College of The Visual & Performing Arts. A workshop for participating bands, before the contest's preliminary round and quarter-finals, is set for Sunday, February 8, starting noon, at the college.

This season's winners will receive recording sessions with producers Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records and Augustus 'Gussie' Clarke of Music Works Production/Anchor Studios, a performance at The Royalton Whitesands Resort, spa treatment at La Marie Spa Institute, lunch at Chris Gayle's Triple Century Sports Bar and trophies, among other prizes.

Omari Banks does duet with Peetah Morgan

Omari Banks has teamed up with Peetah Morgan of Morgan Heritage to do No Point To Prove. Produced by Banks, it is the lead single from his upcoming Move On deluxe-edition album.

In a release to the media, Banks said "I've always been a fan of Morgan Heritage Band, and Peetah Morgan, as an artiste. Their message is one I can relate to and, ultimately, that's what my music is about."

"Peetah Morgan has a voice like no other, and to have the opportunity to do song with him is nothing short of an honour to work with the great man. His versatility , longevity and ease of which he captures an audience is what I aspire to achieve."

Morgan said, " Omari represents reggae music, island music in high fashion. I am always honoured to collaborate with artistes from different parts of the world."

Melessa Vassell wins Monologue Slam

Bridgeport High School sixth-former, Melessa Vassell, won the 2015 staging of the Jamaica Monologue Slam, held at Redbones Blues Cafe, 1 Argyle Road, New Kingston, last Saturday.

A member of the Jamaica Youth Theatre (JYT), Vassell delivered the powerful, moving monologue 'Abused Woman', which she wrote. It relates the story of an abused woman giving evidence in court.

The judges for Monologue Slam were theatre veteran Dr Jean Small, along with the competition's organisers Russell Sams and Michelle Lonsdale-Smith.