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Shaggy on Billboard again

Published:Friday | March 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Stephen Anson's 3D art piece of Bob Marley, done for the late singer's 70th birthday.
Storm Saulter
Dr Erna Brodber

Last year Shaggy toured to support his album, Out of Many, One Music, which received a 2014 Grammy nomination in the reggae category. The single I Need Your Love, featuring Mohombi, Faydee and Costi, released in September 2014, racked up 800,000 YouTube views in less than one week.

Now, it is in the Top 40 of the Billboard Pop Charts.

I Need Your Love is a truly global collaboration, featuring Afro-Pop star Mohombi, Australian singer Faydee, Romanian producer Costi and Shaggy. Currently playing on mainstream radio, I Need Your Love commanded more than 750 spins in one week, resulting in a seven-place jump from 46 to 39 on the Billboard chart.

It is Shaggy's ninth song on a Billboard chart.

"The success of the single is not solely on me, I must thank my team as it is definitely a team effort to reach where we are right now. So much more to do, but definitely pleased with the success" said Shaggy.

Shaggy recently premiered the video for a new single, Picture, featuring Melissa Musique, exclusively via the leading music identification app Shazam. I Need Your Love currently has more than 20 million views on YouTube, and Shaggy is looking forward to an Australian tour in May 2015.

Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna, through partnership with the CHASE Fund, recently handed over $250,000 worth of musical instruments and equipment to the Maxfield Park Children's Home for the Art for Life Programme.

Following the successful launch at the South Camp Road Correctional Facility, Art for Life is now being rolled out in a number of children's homes, places of safety and juvenile correctional facilities across the island. The donation to Maxfield Park is part of the overall contribution by CHASE, which has committed $5 million to purchase instruments, equipment and supplies for the project; as well as to provide stipends for instructors.

Hanna said the plan is to afford children who are placed in these institutions an opportunity to participate in music, drama, dance, sports and mentorship. She also noted that it is crucial for these children to have similar opportunities and experiences as other children across the country.

"Art for Life was something that was

conceived because we wanted our girls and boys to not only learn music, but to express themselves through creativity, dance, dub poetry and art. It took away a lot of the

post-traumatic stress and it gives them an opportunity to remove some of the things that they were experiencing, while also developing their creativity and their talent," Hanna added.

The programme will be implemented at the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre by the end of this academic term.


3D art for Marley's 70th


Louisiana-based custom 3D artist Stephen Anson, has created a special art piece for the 70th birthday of the Honorable Robert Nesta Marley, OM. Anson, who has created pieces for the Marley brothers as well, grew up in a jazz-loving family from New Orleans and was exposed to Bob Marley's music.

According to Anson, Marley's music was and still is a positive vibration in his life.

"Bob's message of love and unity became my cornerstone, and his music continues to inspire my works of art", he noted.

The piece, aptly titled Unity, is a combination of sculpture and painting techniques brought to life by the colours of the Jamaican flag. Stephen noted that he created an aura that lifted the image off the canvas, with the red, green and yellow colours to symbolise Bob Marley's faith in Rastafari.

Anson has also produced 3D works of Haile Selassie and the Ethiopian flag.

"I have always painted as a child and throughout my journey. In the last five years, it all came together as one," he said.

General manager at the Bob Marley Group, Marie Bruce, applauded Anson for his work and delivered the Marley family's approval.

"Stephen's passion and love for both his art and the Marley family are exemplified in this masterpiece, which we are proud to showcase at the Bob Marley Museum," she said.

Unity has been installed in the Bob Marley Museum's exhibition hall and will go on permanent display there.

Internationally renowned author, Honorary Visiting Fellow at The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (2014 -12015), Dr Erna Brodber, will conduct a prose fiction writing workshop at the UWI, Mona campus. The workshop is hosted by the Department of Literatures in English, UWI, Mona.

The workshop is scheduled for March 25, April 1, 8 and 15 from 6-8 p.m. in the Graduate Conference Room of the Faculty of Humanities and Education. Interested persons should contact 927-2217 or litsworkshop@gmail.com.

Dr. Brodber, a graduate of the University College of the West Indies (1963), was born in the small town of Woodside in St Mary. She grew up with a keen sense of active community involvement and the importance of oral stories and folklore in identity construction and politics.

Her works thematically focus on culture, memory, displacement, Pan-African ideology, Diasporic spirituality, class and gender.

Dr. Brodber is an avant garde contemporary writer from the Commonwealth Caribbean, with publications that speak to her artistic vision. She is the author of five novels - Jane and Louisa Will Soon Come Home (1980), Myal (1988), Louisiana (1994), The Rainmaker's Mistake (2006) and Nothing's Mat (2014). She has also published a collection of short stories, The World Is a High Hill (2012), and numerous non-fiction and scholarly works.

She has won numerous awards and distinctions, including Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, Best Adult Non-Fiction (UWI Press), Distinguished Caribbean Writer and Scholar, Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence (Clarke University) and Order of Distinction-Commander Class.


Saulter to speak on New Caribbean Cinema


Filmmaker-in-residence at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Storm Saulter, will participate in the March is Movie Month at Mona series on Friday, March 20. He will present 'Towards a New Caribbean Cinema' in the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Education and Humanities, at 6 p.m.

Saulter's talk will be supported by partial screenings of his work.

He is filmmaker-in-residence in the Department of Literatures in English, where he has responsibility for delivery of the course Creative Writing: Screen/Stage. A graduate of the Los Angeles Film School, Jamaican-born Saulter created a sensation in Jamaica with the release of his debut feature, the award winning film Better Mus' Come, in 2011.

More recently Saulter was executive producer for the groundbreaking anthology film Ring di Alarm! Produced by the New Caribbean Cinema (film collective), of which Saulter is co-founder, Ring di Alarm! was released in Jamaica, Europe, the USA and Trinidad & Tobago.

The Department of Literatures in English hosts March is Movie Month at Mona annually in support of its film and cultural studies courses.