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Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 12:06 AM
Machel Montano
Marlon James


UWI support group hosts NY gala


Dr Harold Freeman, CEO, president and founder of the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute in New York and Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Columbia University, is this year's recipient of the 2016 American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) Lifetime Achievement Award. Freeman, the pre eminent authority on the subject of poverty and cancer, will be presented with the prestigious award at the Annual Legacy Awards Gala on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at The Pierre in New York City.

Now in its 19th year, the annual event, organised under the auspices of honorary patron, Dr The Hon Harry Belafonte, O.J., seeks to raise funds for the University of the West Indies (UWI),

Also being honoured is the highly acclaimed soca artist and entertainer Machel Montano, who will receive the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) Bob Marley Award. Montano, who has been performing on stage since he was seven years old, performed as a support act for the great calypsonian The Mighty Sparrow in a memorable Madison Square Garden Concert in 1984 at the age of nine. Montano has won Trinidad & Tobago's Power Soca Monarch Championships for five consecutive years (2011-2015). He has toured extensively around the world and has released 42 albums over his 33-year career.

Among the other honorees are health-care executive Daphne Jones, chief information officer, GE Healthcare Global Services, who will receive the Caribbean Luminary Award. Larry Miller, president, Jordan Brand, a division of Nike Inc, will be presented with the Trailblazer Award. Phillip Gore and Christine Gore, directors of the Phillip & Christine Gore Family Foundation, will be presented with the Vice Chancellor's Achievement Award, Tirrell Whittley, CEO and principal of Liquid Soul will accept the Corporate Award.

World famous entertainer/activist Danny Glover is this year's honorary gala chair, while former New York City Mayor David Dinkins is honorary dinner chair.

Tickets for the fund-raising gala start at US$500. Proceeds from the gala each year go toward providing scholarships and over the past few years an average of 50 scholarships have been awarded annually.


Melody Breeze Jam begins at Rafter's Rest


The Portland Melody Breeze Band Jam will be held on the banks of the Rio Grande at Rafters' Rest, Portland, tomorrow.

About five years ago, Alfred 'Freddy G' Grant, a Portlander who plays professionally at The Bob Marley Cafe, Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, came up with the idea of a Musicians' Festival being held in his home town. His high school friend, Donnie Chin of C C Bakery, supported the idea and is now collaborating with Marcia Lawrence, operator of the Banks of The Rio Grande @ Rafters' Rest to make that dream a reality.

Riddim Bank, led by Chin; Top Flight, led by Blessed, and the Italian band Armaggedeon are the three headline units which will appear. However, Chin has indicated that many more musicians have approached him to participate in the fun event.

The Banks of The Rio Grande @ Rafters' Rest was recently acquired by Lawrence. Rafters' Rest is renowned for its rafting tours along the Rio Grande and is available for other activities such as family reunions, company retreats and parties.

It is expected to be enhanced within the coming months by the refurbishing being done by The Ministry of Tourism. A fully stocked bar and a restaurant are a few of the amenities that Lawrence says will be in place very soon.

The event this weekend is expected to be a regular quarterly activity, as both Lawrence and Chin intend for it to evolve into The Musicians Festival that Freddy G envisioned. Entrance is $250 per person.


Marlon James to give Bob Marley lecture


The 19th Annual Bob Marley Lecture dubbed '...A journey into the Award-winning Marlon James Mind', takes place at the Undercroft, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, on February 12 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The lecture is the premier annual event hosted by the Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. Held in Reggae Month, it is intended to commemorate the birth of Marley as Jamaica's most successful reggae icon and celebrate reggae among the genres of music Jamaica gave the world in the latter half of the 20th Century.

Inaugurated in 1997, the lecture has traditionally focused on a wide range of topics from Marley, Trench Town, Rastafari and psycho-historiography, to Jamaica's music business and creative products. Distinguished Jamaicans, scholars, and Marley's close associates, among them Dr Louis Chude-Sokei, Professors Gordon Rohlehr and Frederick Hickling, Dr The Hon Omar Davies, Alan 'Skill' Cole, Roger Steffens and Cindy Breakspeare have delivered previous lectures.

Marlon James, the celebrated UWI alumnus and recipient of the Man Booker Prize (2015) for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, will deliver the 2016 lecture. James has the distinction of being the first Jamaican and the second Caribbean national to be awarded the coveted prize. His work, A Brief History of Seven Killings explores, through several characters, the events surrounding the attempted assassination of Bob Marley and the aftermath.


National Gallery resumes Saturday Art-Time


The National Gallery of Jamaica has announced that its premier child art programme, Saturday Art-Time, will be hosting a six-week workshop series for children, entitled The Super Six Workshops. The series will be held at the National Gallery every Saturday from tomorrow to March 5.

Saturday Art-Time, which has been active since 2009, is one of the National Gallery's most successful museum education programmes. It consists of a range of gallery-based art workshops for children eight to 15 years old.

The programme was designed to foster visual art expressions by children and encourage them to think and speak intelligently and critically about artworks. By utilising the National Gallery's permanent collection as a reference point for assignments, the students also learn much about Jamaican visual arts and culture. During its existence, Saturday Art-Time has also created and facilitated opportunities for participating child artists to exhibit their artworks, particularly in the Art'iT exhibition series.

The Super Six Workshops will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will focus on one of two exciting topic areas - an Introduction to Basic Printmaking for participants aged eight to 11 years old and Basic Animation for participants aged 12 to 15 years old.

For further information, please contact the National Gallery of Jamaica at 922-1561/3 (Flow landline), or 618-0654/5 (Digicel fixed line). E-mail queries should be sent to Registrations forms for the workshops can be downloaded from the National Gallery's blog or collected at 12 Ocean Boulevard, Kingston.