Quickies: Double Treble plays for Kgn Parish Church
NEW YORK, NY:
Double Treble, a duo comprising Jamaican Karl Van Richards, concert pianist, and African-American Roderick Demmings, Jr, concert organist/pianist, will headline Sunday's month-end fundraising concert for the Kingston Parish Church. It starts at 4 p.m. and admission is $1,500 for adults and $500 for children under 12 years old, as well as students with ID.
The duo has assembled a diverse programme which opens with the William Tell Overture by Giaochino Rossini and Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by J. S. Bach. It will also include Oswald Russell's Jamaican Dance No. 2, Jamaican Rhumba by Arthur Benjamin and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Hungarian-born composer and pianist Franz Liszt.
The concert, which will also feature the Musical Apostles Steel Band, will generate funds to assist in restoration of the Kingston Parish Church. The Apostles Steel Band is an outreach project of the Church to help nurture inner-city youth.
Double Treble is elated to make their Jamaica debut and believe this performance will be a good start to a 2016 concert tour, which will see them visiting a number of US cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York.
"I am always happy to perform in Jamaica and this concert represents a kind of homecoming and evolution for me as an artiste with the creation of Double Treble," noted Richards.
Tickets can be obtained at Music Mart or the Kingston Parish Church (922-6888) or at the door on the day of the concert. Free shuttle service to the concert departs from the car park at St Luke's Anglican Church, Cross Roads, at 3:15 p.m.
Seafood Pop-Up today
The B&D/SeaBest Pop Kitchen returns to its facility at 1 Port Royal Street, downtown Kingston, today. A pop-up kitchen will be held there every Friday for the Lenten
period and ending the week after Easter, to accommodate seafood and fish lovers.
During the course of the day consumers can enjoy shrimp pasta or a lobster roll, or indulge in fried fish served with bammy and festival. Chefs will be on location preparing the dishes.
Roderick Francis, CEO of B&D Trawling, encourages consumers to visit the Pop-Up Kitchen and enjoy freshly cooked seafood in many different ways.
"Our Pop-Up Kitchen not only serves as a mean of showcasing to the public what we offer, but we get the satisfaction of watching our consumers enjoy our products. We will also be disclosing the recipe for the meals that will be prepared on our social media pages," Francis said.
The Pop-Up Kitchen kicks off at 12:30 p.m.
Norman Marsh goes
Pon di Rio Grande
Norman Marsh of Kool 97 FM makes his debut Pon di Rio Grande on Sunday, as part of the monthly last Sunday fÍte that is held at Rafters' Rest in Portland. The party, hosted by a group called The Country Hoppers, has become a calendar event for the parish. Starting early mid-afternoon and going through to just before midnight, the parties are held on a Sunday to cater mainly to the many self-employed persons who attend and for whom Sunday is a day of relaxation.
Renowned from his days at JBC through to his present stint on Kool FM for his repertoire of retro music, Marsh is expected to present a kaleidoscope of quality music. He will be supported by local sound system, Stereo Star Sound.
The event is sponsored by Braham's Texaco, Pure National Ice, Akan Auto Tech, Rio Vista, StylzFm and KoolFM. Tickets are $800 presold and $1,000 at the gate. Food and drink will be on sale.
Kurt Riley's beat in T&T soca contest
The Jambe-An Riddim, produced by FAME FM DJ Kurt Riley, will be featured in the 2016 Lotto Plus International Soca Monarch competition in Trinidad & Tobago.
The song, Non Stop, by T&T soca artiste Pternsky has been entered in the competition, an integral part of the carnival season which heads into its final stage on Friday, February 5. The song is featured on the Jambe-An Riddim, released in 2015 and distributed worldwide by VPal Music.
"We thought that the riddim was very nice in terms of vibes, the melody, the instruments and the vibes it had," said Keon Serrette, Pternsky's manager and executive producer.
The riddim also features Charly Blacks with Gal You A Party Animal, for which the video has received over 30,000,000 views on YouTube. Dancehall singjay Movado is also on the neat with Goodbye to My Haters.
"I'm very grateful for the response the riddim has been getting. I really appreciate all the supporters, especially the DJs around the world who have been playing it. It still has a far way to go, so let's do it one play at a time," Riley said.
Also on the Jambe-An Riddim are Born to Wine by Shurwayne Winchester, Don't Stop Wine by Camar and I Won't Stop by Timeka Marshall.
Kwabena, Marcia Griffiths do Governs of Africans
Following up from Kwabena's Bloody River single, Marcia Griffiths has teamed up with the rising reggae artist to record the new single, Governs of Africans. This was after a friend played tracks from Kwabena's album, Ancestoral Vessel, for Griffiths and she commented that "he's really good!"
Kwabena visited Jamaica and had the privilege of recording Governs Of Africans with Griffiths.
"We both immediately understood the message in the lyrics and wholeheartedly supported them," he said.
"I found Marcia very easygoing, warm and humble to work with and a kind of love, and helpfulness came from her being - not to mention her professionalism which is without equal. It was a great boost to my spirit to work with such a legendary icon and to finally sing with the Queen of Reggae," Kwabena said.
"Working with her was like gold, but to top it with a diamond, I would love to record an album with Marcia, if she ever gets some time."
Kwabena said, "In Jamaica, we must always remember that these legendary artistes are a gift from the Most High to us all, and they still continue to spread the conscious message of true reggae music round the globe."