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Published:Friday | August 14, 2015 | 8:00 AM
Professor Carolyn Cooper
Sean Paul
Raine Seville
Ward 21
Herbie Miller, curator of the Jamaica Music Museum
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Reasoning, dance for Garvey lecture

 

On Monday, August 17, Liberty Hall will host the annual Marcus Garvey Lecture, in collaboration with the Jamaica Music Museum. It takes the form of a reasoning session and dance named Reviving the Beat: Liberty Hall as Blues Dance Hall. It will be held at 76 King Street, downtown Kingston, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Research reveals that 76 King Street was a venue for dances from as early as 1939 and well into the 1960s and '70s, as well as a venue for boxing.

Niney the Observer , John Bird and many others, including women, will tell their stories about dances they attended at Liberty Hall, as well as the professional boxing matches that were held there.

The reasoning session will be moderated by director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller and Dr Carolyn Cooper from the UWI, Mona campus.

Director/curator of Liberty Hall, Dr Donna McFarlane, is urging everyone who remembers coming to Liberty Hall 'back in the day' to come back and share stories of their time at the venue, in particular the music they came to hear, how long the dances lasted and their preparation to attend.

She said it is important for the archives to have information about what Liberty Hall was like as a dance venue; the connection between Garvey, Liberty Hall, and reggae's development; and the important role 76 King Street played in the life of downtown Kingston, even after Garvey's death in 1940. The reasoning will be professionally recorded and made available to users of the library.

 

Inner Circle to tour US West Coast

 

Days after the end of a three-week European tour, Inner Circle band will tour the US West Coast, starting at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas today. Inner Circle will kick off a short string of performances called the One Love Reggae Revolution tour.

The tour, which ends on August 23, will include stops in Nevada, Arizona, California, Oregon, Canada, and Washington. Highlights include select dates with Gonzo of Tribal Seeds and a performance at Los Angeles' famed Hollywood Bowl for a celebration of Bob Marley's 70th birthday alongside Ziggy Marley, Stephen 'Ragga' Marley, The Skatalites, and others.

"I really wish the tour would not be so little, but since we are not Slightly Stoopid or Rebelution, or SOJA, we can only make it little. The baton has been passed to these new reggae soldiers and they are doing very well," Roger Lewis of Inner Circle said.

Lewis pointed out the importance of mentorship, and passing on knowledge to these younger artistes.

"Like the old Chinese proverb says, 'If you want to know what's going on down the road, ask a man who is coming from down there and he can tell you'. And after that you can make your assessment of what the vibe and the climate is. Everything is vibes and climate. In telling of the past, you may not feel what the climate was ... . I can tell you about Bob Marley, but you had to be there to feel the climate and the electricity. However, you can still feel the echo of it today," he said.

"Now Inner Circle is vibing with the Kabaka Pyramids and the Jesse Royals and the Bambaatas, you know, the youths coming up. We learn and they learn. They like to hear some of the old vibe of where Jamaica came from and where reggae music comes from," Lewis said.

As much as the band admires some of these new reggae artistes, they also maintain a deep appreciation and love for traditional reggae. In 2012, they started a 'Save the Reggae Music' campaign, aimed at promoting traditional reggae music over the increasingly American-influenced music that was coming out of Jamaica.

 

Ward 21 to perform at Boomtown Festival

 

Dancehall group Ward 21 will be performing at the 2015 BoomTown Festival in the former capital city of England, Winchester, from August 13-16.

The BoomTown Festival began in 2009 and the organisers say many musical genres are celebrated there, including ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, world music, punk, pirate and disco to electro-swing, jazz, bluegrass, bass, jungle and techno, all enjoyed in a spirit of unity and freedom.

Ward 21's Suku said, "This is the first time that we will be performing at that event, and the group is looking forward to it. The organisers set up a whole reggae/dancehall section wid whole heap of other artiste from Jamaica, so we not alone."

Other reggae/dancehall acts on the festival's line-up include Stephen Marley, Alborosie, Mykal Rose (Black Uhuru), Protoge & The Indiggnation Band, Turbulence, Anthony B, Barrington Levy, Cham, Jah Mason and Ras Demo (aka Demolition Man).

The BoomTown Festival is the first stop on Ward 21's 2015 one-week packed European tour calendar. From England they will travel to Germany for a show in Frankfurt, then on to Italy for a show at Salento on August 15. After Italy, the group will be travelling to Switzerland for a show on August 16 in Zurich.

Then it is on to Turkey for two shows, one in Gallipoli and the other in Istanbul on August 17 and 18, respectively. Ward 21 will then head back to Germany for their final stop in Mannheim, after which they will return to Jamaica on August 20.

 

J'can team selected for film incubator

 

Ten teams of Caribbean film-makers from nine countries have been selected to attend the 2015 CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI), taking place in Toronto, Canada, from September 8 to 13 at the University of Toronto. Among them is a TV series sitcom called TAXIMAN, created by the producer/director team Donna and Paul Noble of Mongoose Productions. They will be represented by Carmen Franczyk, whose previous work includes international documentaries and commercials.

Now in its sixth year, the CTI is a marketing and financing platform that offers selected Caribbean and diaspora filmmakers an opportunity to hone their creative and business skills in the context of an international marketplace environment. The six-week programme includes an intensive five-day workshop in Toronto and culminates in a Caribbean Pitch Breakfast at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, attended by high-profile industry delegates. The overall goal of the CTI is to increase the pool of strong, monetisable, world-class, indigenous film and television content from the Caribbean

and its diaspora, in order to build the region's audiovisual capacity.

TAXIMAN (sitcom format, 12 episodes of 30 minutes each) will be a fast-paced comedy set in Jamaica, with a 'vehicle' able to showcase the diverse characters, locations and hilarious situations which happen in the land of 'No Problem Man'. Charlie is a warm, lovable character, and, because he likes helping people, gets himself into many fixes. The language is designed to be understood in all English-speaking markets.

The projects were selected by a panel of international industry specialists. Mentors include Nicole Brooks (producer, director, playwright), Rita Shelton Deverell (television, theatre, academe), Rodney V. Smith (director, producer, author), Christopher Laird (Banyan Ltd, Gayelle: The Channel), and Floyd Kane (director, producer).

 

Sean Paul does Japan concerts

 

Armed with songs from three albums never yet performed in Japan, new dancers, band, set and new lease on life, Sean Paul recently did four concerts in Osaka and Tokyo.

He performed his classics like Gimme The Light, We Be Burning and Get Busy, as well as the international hits Give It To Me, Want Dem All and Come To Me.

Sean Paul has also reinvented and reintroduced himself as a producer. His most recent effort, the Full Speed Riddim, has cuts like Cut an' Guh Tru by Bounty Killer, Ring the Alarm by Denyque, and his very own Take it Low.

A travel lover to his core, Sean has taken the opportunity to have fun off stage as well. Social media users delight in posting images of the deejay with fans at sightseeing locations around the cities in which he

performs.

 

Raine Seville launches 'Sweet Escape' video today

 

Following her recent performance at Reggae Sumfest in the Pepsi Hour, Raine has a new video for her single Sweet Escape.

In partnership with Tracks & Records, Yardstyle Entertainment and TeamGuru Entertainment, Raine is looking forward to the launch of the video today. It is a project she believes will demonstrate her "versatility".

The Settle Down Body singer said "it shows my - I don't want to say hardcore side, but it has a DJ vibe and it also shows my more soothing assets."

The Sweet Escape Video Launch takes place at Tracks & Records Restaurant and Bar, 67 Constant Spring Road.