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Published:Friday | October 23, 2015 | 10:00 AM
The Fab 5 band.
Michael Sean Harris
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PFab 5 is on di Rio Grande this Sunday

 Fab 5 plays Pon Di Rio Grande this Sunday, October 25, at Rafters’ Rest, St Margaret’s Bay, Portland. The Country Hoppers-organised monthly party is sponsored by Brahams Texaco, True Brew Coffee, Pure National Ice, Harbour Wines & Spirits, and Ard2K, along with media partners KoolFM and StylzFm. DJ Oneil starts off at noon with music made for dancing. Food will be prepared by Zilla’s Restaurant, and those with wares on sale will include artist Phine Line; Rockbottom, who does driftwood pieces; and Sandra, with her agricultural produce.

Presold tickets are $1,200 and the gate price is $1,500. Presold tickets are available at Brahams Texaco in Port Antonio and Morant Bay. Part of the proceeds go to The Shelton Project.

Jean D’Costa to host workshop on writing fiction for children

Celebrated Jamaican children’s author Jean D’Costa will conduct a workshop on writing fiction for children at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, next month.

The workshop, titled ‘Wielding the Storyteller’s Net: The Spaces Between Words’, is slated for Saturday, November 7, at 10 a.m.

It is being hosted by the Jamaican Writers Society (JaWS) in collaboration with the Department of Literatures in English, UWI.

Jean D’Costa has produced some of the most well-known and read Jamaican fiction for children, including Sprat Morrison (1972; 1990), Escape to Last Man Peak (1976), and Voice in the Wind (1978), all written for children 10 to 12 years old. D’Costa has also written Duppy Tales (1997), Caesar and the Three Robbers (1996), and Jenny and the General (2006) for children aged seven to 10 years old.

She has co-edited and coauthored an anthology of short stories, Over Our Way(1981; 1993) with Dr Velma Pollard. D’Costa has been the recipient of the Gertrude Flesh Bristol Award and a Silver Musgrave medal for her contributions to children’s literature and linguistics. The workshop is being staged in connection with the inaugural Lignum Vitae Writing Awards, which celebrate writing for adults, young adults, and children. The award for children’s fiction has been named in honour of Jean D’Costa. The Lignum Vitae Awards also include the Una Marson Award and the Vic Reid Award, both of which were previously managed by the National Book Development Council.

To register for the workshop, contact the department at 927-2217 or email at litseng@gmail.com.

The Lignum Vitae Awards are staged by the JaWS in collaboration with the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY). The awards are also being staged with the support of Nucleus Creative and HEART Trust/NTA. The Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica is also a sponsor of the Jean D'Costa Award.

 

Roy Hall Memorial fundraiser at The Deck

 

On Sunday, the 50/50 band and deejays Mickey Thompson and Cally Bud perform at The Deck, 14 Trafalgar Road, New Kingston, at an event organised by the Roy Hall memorial Scholarship fundraising committee. It is the 15th anniversary of a scholarship to a final-year student pursuing a degree at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Roy Hall, a well-known TV personality, actor, singer, and advertising executive, died 17 years ago.A group of his friends, along with his widow Eloine, created a scholarship in his memory. Past awardees have excelled in their careers.

Contribution is $1,500, while food and drink will be on sale. The 50/50 Band will perform.

Last year's scholarship award was $255,000, a marked improvement over the $30,000 awarded in the first year.

Persons who cannot attend can still support the scholarship by making a contribution to account number 1000477158, CIBC FCIB Manor Park Branch, St Andrew.

 

Michael Sean Harris to perform at Last Sundays

 

The National Gallery of Jamaica's Last Sundays programme for October 25, 2015, will feature the Young Talent 2015 exhibition and a special musical performance by Michael Sean Harris.

Young Talent 2015, which continues until November 14, seeks to provide national exposure to new and emerging artists and in the process stimulate, the development of Jamaican art. Young Talent 2015 features 10 artists under 40 years old, namely Greg Bailey, Alicia Brown, Katrina Coombs, Di-Andre Caprice Davis, Monique Gilpin, Domanie Hong, Howard Myrie, Richard Nattoo, Avagay Osborne, and Cosmo Whyte.

Michael Sean Harris has been an active and central member of the local and global music community for many years. He was a member of The Little People and Teen Players Club and a founding member of the Ashe the Caribbean, Performing Arts Ensemble. He has toured the USA, Caribbean, and the UK with these groups and has also toured Europe in numerous lead vocalist roles, doing performances with Leo Sayer, Petra Berger Cheb Mami, and Patricia Kaas.

As a solo performer, Harris has touched the souls of audiences with a seamless merging of traditional folk, classical, popular, and contemporary music of many regions of the world, infused with a sensibility all his own.

Last Sundays goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Harris' performance will start at 1:30 p.m. Admission and guided tours will be free, and contributions to the gallery's donations box are welcomed.

 

Africa World Documentary Film Festival at UWI Nov 5

 

The E. Desmond Lee Africa World Documentary Film Festival (AWDFF) will be launched with an opening ceremony on Thursday, November 5, at 5:45 p.m. at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, UWI, Mona. Over 20 films will be shown at the festival, which will run until Sunday, November 8. All sessions are free to the public. Films will be shown until 9 p.m. every night. Sessions begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship, University of Missouri, St Louis, the AWDFF is held annually at venues around the globe. At UWI, Mona, the festival is organised by the Department of Literatures in English; the Department of Language, Linguistics and Philosophy; and CARIMAC. Now in its third staging at Mona, the festival seeks to promote knowledge of the life and culture of the people of Africa worldwide through the art of documentary film-making.

This year, a number of the films focus on the migration experience. In La Belle Vie (The Good Life), film-maker Rachelle Salnave sets out to explore the rationale behind Haiti's social-class system and how it has affected the Haitian-American migrant experience. In Reembarque (Reshipment), one of Cuba's foremost documentarists, Gloria Rolando, explores the early 20th-century migration of thousands of labourers from Haiti to work on the coffee and sugar cane plantations of Cuba. Reembarque revisits this forgotten chapter, recounting both the memories of Haitian families and the discrimination suffered by their Cuban descendants.

Tami Libermann's film Napps - Memoire of an Invisible Man, provides a personal perspective of Europe's migrant problem. It tells the story of Mr X, a West African asylum seeker living in Berlin without a work permit. As his exposure might put him in danger, he is the one holding the camera instead of appearing in front of it.

The full schedule of films can be seen on the Humanities and Education Facebook page or may be obtained by emailing litsengmona@gmail.com.