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Published:Friday | May 29, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Professor Mervyn Morris
Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley (left) and Stephen Marley.
Tessanne Chin
Jimmy Cliff


Music, Poetry and Prose in the Garden


Poet Laureate of Jamaica Professor Mervyn Morris will headline a concert dubbed Music, Poetry and Prose in the Garden on Sunday in the Meditation Garden at the Temple of Light Centre for Spiritual Living, beginning at 5 p.m. Other readers will be internationally acclaimed storyteller Amina Blackwood-Meeks and published poets Michael Reckord and Dr Lilieth Nelson. Music will be provided by flautist Bryan Aikman. Master of ceremonies will be Norman Naar.


World Music Festival call for musicians


The Alliance Française de la Jamaïque, in its contribution to promoting French culture in Jamaica, is organising its annual Fête de la Musique (World Music Festival) on June 21, 2015. The Fête de la Musique started in France in 1982 and has been exported to hundreds of countries, filling streets with musical talent of all genres from all over the world. The purpose of this event is to gather local and international, new and old, amateur or professional artistes and music lovers in a multicultural, festive, and musically diverse evening.

This event is held free of cost to the public. If you are in a group, or play solo, sing or play an instrument, and would like to perform on this live show, contact the  Alliance Française de la Jamaïque at alliancefr.jm@gmail.com, or call 978-6996. Deadline for submissions is June 5, 2015.


Tessanne Chin joins Jimmy Cliff for

benefit dinner


Tessanne Chin has changed her schedule to join the Jimmy Cliff Foundation and ScotiaFoundation for the 'Many Rivers to Cross for our Children' fundraising dinner on Monday. The event is aimed at raising funds to support organisations involved in the care and protection of our children and to continue the dialogue to search for solutions to stem the increasing incidence of child abuse.

Chin, who toured with Jimmy Cliff as a back-up singer for three years, created waves during the NBC's reality TV competition 'The Voice' when she sang his hit single Many Rivers to Cross. Now, through the ScotiaFoundation, she has the opportunity to once again perform with her mentor, this time for the cause of abused children.

Jimmy Cliff will be the guest speaker and will also perform at the dinner and will use the opportunity to officially launch his new single, Children. He is on a mission to motivate artistes to sing positive messages and to edify the world through music. According to Cliff, "In saving our children, we are saving ourselves."

The proceeds will benefit the building of a therapeutic centre for the Child Development Agency to offer interventions for children who are deemed to be exhibiting mild to severe behavioural problems and mental health deficiencies. It will also enable the National Child Month Committee to continue its activities beyond May 2015. Funds will also go to the Jimmy Cliff Foundation to create programmes to have a positive impact on children in schools.

Tickets may be purchased at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel at a cost of $20,000 each.


Stephen Marley announces tour, releases new video


Stephen 'Ragga' Marley - the eight-time Grammy winner and multi-talented singer/songwriter/musician/producer - recently announced his headlining tour and the release of a new video for his latest single, Ghetto Boy, featuring Bounty Killer and Cobra. The track is available now on iTunes and will be featured on his forthcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life. In support of his upcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, Marley will kick off his multi-city tour on August 1 to headline California's annual festival Reggae On The River. He continues to perform along the Golden Coast then travels to Europe for a short stint of festival and club dates. He heads back to the United States on August 29 for the Catch A Fire Tour with his brother and co-headliner Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley. Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley and Ghetto Youths crew members Jo Mersa and Black-Am-I will also be joining the Catch A Fire bill for the star-studded reggae tour that spans the whole country until the end of September.