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Published:Friday | January 15, 2016 | 1:00 AM
Nadine Sutherland
Kabaka Pyramid
Amina Blackwood Meeks
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Sutherland back to major Jamaican performances

 

On Saturday, January 2 at the Shaggy and Friends show, Nadine Sutherland returned to the stage after her hiatus from performing on any major shows in Jamaica, while pursuing a master's degree in cultural studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. She proved to all who saw her performance what Bob Marley detected in her during her childhood as he facilitated her early introduction to the music business in Jamaica.

As Sutherland entered the stage, the beautiful singer, dancer and songwriter, dressed by Jamaican designers drennaLuna, was given a rapturous welcome by the audience. In her short, dynamic stint that included Terror Fabulous, Sutherland displayed her pristine vocals and commanding performance skills, the crowd rocking as she sexily sashayed across the stage.

Last year, while her master's dissertation was in its completion stages, Sutherland travelled to London to work with Mad Professor, international dub producer. She recorded the single, Inna Mi Blood, which spent four weeks at number one at the Clinton Lindsey's network chart and was in the top five as one of the top songs for 2015. The video for Inna Mi Blood is set to be released in early 2016, along with the video for Dance Africa, another Sutherland song gaining momentum in global reggae markets.

With her academic goals accomplished, Sutherland is back to her passion, which is singing and performing.

 

Welcome to Jamrock 2016 Nov 14-19

 

This year's edition of the five night, Jamaica-bound, musical voyage which is the Welcome to Jamrock (WTJR) Reggae Cruise will embark on November 14.

It will feature performances by Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley, Stephen 'Ragga' Marley, Toots and The Maytals, Steel Pulse, Sean Paul, Tarrus Riley, Bounty Killer, Mavado, Mr Vegas, Junior Reid, Collie Buddz, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Romain Virgo, J Boog and Kabaka Pyramid.

The Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise is an annual music cruise spearheaded by Grammy-winning Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley. Cruisers will board the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas from Ft Lauderdale, Florida, and will make stops in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Jamaica, before returning on November 19. Cabins are on sale now and can be purchased by going to welcometojamrockreggae cruise.com.

There will also be numerous sound systems and DJs on-board playing music all day and night.

Passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean can enjoy multiple dining facilities, bars and lounges plus activities for every mood. Those looking for relaxation can visit the spa or one of the many pools and hot tubs, while adventure seekers can burn off some steam at the mini-golf course, basketball court, surf simulator, rock-climbing wall or state-of-the-art fitness centre.

Jamrock 2015 had persons from over 40 nations converging, due to their love of reggae music and the culture it emerged from. Last year, Jr Gong announced that he had become the newest owner of Tidal, the first artiste-owned streaming service in the world. Tidal will join the WTJR Cruise again in 2016 to produce and release exclusive content to its subscribers.

 

Rita Marley Foundation tells school stories

 

In fulfilling its slogan, Harambe, which means 'working together', the Rita Marley Foundation (JA) and renowned Jamaican storyteller Amina Blackwood Meeks have embarked on a Cultural Storytelling Programme for basic schools. The first session was held on January 12 at the Holy Trinity Basic School, Maxfield Avenue, St Andrew. The institution is operated by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

The programme aims to develop creativity, enhance imagination, increase attentiveness and improve communication skills. Blackwood Meeks said, "contributing to the work of the Rita Marley Foundation is not even a question. Our shared vision for the cultural and spiritual well-being of our children makes that an easy decision."

Rosemary Duncan, manager at the Rita Marley Foundation (JA) said, "the narratives are all traditional folk tales designed to pass on the history of Jamaica, the Caribbean and Africa in the most entertaining and captivating way. Importantly, students also learn that verbal communication between themselves and others is an art and that words are powerful."

The Holy Trinity students also received a Melkam Lidet (Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas) treat from the Rita Marley Foundation (JA). The next Cultural Storytelling Day will be at the St Isaacs Basic School, Three Miles, St Andrew.