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Artist Kester Bailey makes solo debut

Published:Friday | March 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Kester Bailey

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, continues to unearth and showcase creative talent and expression through the Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition, which is one if its signature events.

The exhibition opened at the Jamaica Conference Centre on Sunday, March 15, and remains there until Sunday, March 29. It includes the solo exhibition by Kester Bailey, winner of the 2013 Studio Art Prize.

Kester Benedict Bailey is a Trinidad-born artist whose love and interest in the arts began from early childhood with keen interests in singing, dancing, drama, design, fashion, sculpture, textile, painting and,

of course, drawing. Kester attended Presentation College San Fernando, where he was intimately involved in musical theatre.


He studied art at the CXC and GCE A Level which, although representing his only formal training to date, was the genesis of his journey as a visual artist. He has designed, executed and constructed costumes and sets for several high-school musicals, where he honed his talent for visual interpretation and execution.

In Jamaica, he attended the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, where he became a member of the University Singers. The entire Jamaican environment, particularly the physical and socio-cultural, serves as a source of inspiration.

Kester said, "Being mostly self-taught, art is my journey of exploration and a deliberate move to hone an unexplainable gift. My aim, then, is to continually practise and improve and give to the world that which have been given to me."

Entries invited

for Earth Day Competition

The Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ), a division of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), is calling for entries in the 2015 Earth Day Competition. The annual competition is in commemoration of Earth Day, which is celebrated worldwide on April 22. The competition aims to promote the preservation of the Earth's natural resources, and is open to students in all secondary schools from grades seven to 13.

The theme for the 2015 Earth Day Competition is 'Soils, A Foundation for Growth', based on the United Nations' designation of 2015 as the International Year of Soils. The focus of this year's competition is to promote the importance of soils and

how they contribute to the ecosystem's health and socio-economic development.


The NHMJ invites students to submit their original work in the following categories - Literary Arts (sub-theme, 'Rain a Fall But Dutty Tough'), Poster (sub-theme, 'All Life Depends on Soils') and Photography (sub-theme, 'From the Root to the Shoot').

Students are asked to submit their original work for judging, which is done based on criteria determined and outlined by the staff of the NHMJ. The deadline for entries is March 27, 2015. The works of the students will be displayed at the Institute of Jamaica, and the winners for the competition will be announced at the Earth Day Competition Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 22.

Sponsors for this year's competition include TransJamaican Highway Limited, Jamaican Infrastructure Operator Limited, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Coconut Industry Board, and Carlong Publishers Limited.

For more information, call assistant education outreach officer Krystina Jones, at 922-0620-6, ext 247, or e-mail

Ghetto Youths returns to New

York City

Ghetto Youths International, the record label founded by Bob Marley's sons and musicians, Damian, Stephen and Julian Marley, has announced the US Spring 2015 tour Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2. It has the same name as their recently released compilation.

The tour's line-up includes Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis, and Jo Mersa, as well as Cham. All of them are featured on the Set Up Shop Volume 2 compilation.

Stephen 'Ragga' Marley told Billboard, "On this album, my brothers and I share our new music and also showcase a range of new talent that is uprising in reggae. My son, Jo Mersa,

represents the next generation and has a universal sound - blending different genres of music with reggae and dancehall. London-based singer Christopher Ellis inherited elements from his father, Alton Ellis' Jamaican rocksteady era, while mixing it with modern-day soul, R&B and reggae. Dancehall veteran Wayne Marshall is so versatile and can deejay or sing on any track or riddim, and reggae newcomer Black-Am-I sings from the heart of St Ann, where my father hails from, is making some of the realest roots music."

One of the highly anticipated stops on the tour will be New York City on Friday, April 10, when Ghetto Youths International will perform inside the world-renowned SOBs at 204 Varick Street New York, NY.

Two videos in a day from Konshens

During the later part of 2014, deejay Konshens released the single Winning, produced by SubKonshus Music. In the song, he deejays "I'm winning, winning/Smile every day grinning/Highest blaze with expensive sipping/With the latest designers fitting."

Konshens also released the reggae single Jah Jah Never Left I, produced by Notis Production. He addresses some of the hurdles faced in his life's journey, mixing deejaying and singing on the track.

Last weekend, Konshens released videos for the songs on the same day. Both videos are directed by Ruption of RD Studios, who is receiving accolades for his dynamic editing skills used in the video Winning, and the effective, subtle way he captures the tone of Jah Never Leave I. Konshens is gearing up for his upcoming US - Africa and European tours.