Grounation analyses Don Drummond
To mark the fifth year of its annual Reggae/Black History Month Grounation series, the Jamaica Music Museum's 'Ungle Malungu Man: Musings on Don Drummond' will focus on the mentally troubled but charismatic composer and trombonist. Drummond is considered among the finest musicians Jamaica has produced and is the most enigmatic figure in Jamaican music.
Director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller, explained that Grounation's 2016 aim is to determine and evaluate the importance and effects of Drummond's musical, spiritual, and socio-political legacy on popular Jamaican music today, not only as entertainment but also as a liberating sound.
Miller said: "In spite of being found guilty for murder and incarcerated as a criminal lunatic, in his best mental state much of Don Drummond's music and character exuded a liberating ethic. His personality and his music is a manifestation of his Afro-Jamaican experience and his music functions, first and foremost, as a conduit for aesthetic, spiritual and social liberation within that context."
Grounation 2016 begins with Dr Christopher Charles, who will launch Heather Augustyn's book, Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World's Greatest Trombonist, on Sunday, at 1 p.m.
Scheduled for the four Sundays of February, presentations and musical performances relevant to the theme will feature philosopher Dr Earl McKenzie, psychiatrist Professor Freddy Hickling and cultural historian/political scientist Dr Clinton Hutton.
The series will also feature poets Dr Kwame Dawes, Prof Lorna Goodison, Jerry Small, Raymond Mair and Jamaica's poet laureate, Prof Mervyn Morris.
Local and foreign ethnomusicologists and musicians will contemplate the significance of Drummond and his music. trombonists and singers will do interpretations of Drummond's music. They include two of the world's leading trombonists, Steve Turre and Delfeayo Marsalis, along with Andre Murchison, the Wareika Trombone Quartet (featuring Nambo Robinson, Romeo Gray, Barry Bailey and Kemar Miller), as well as legendary vocalist, Big Youth, among others.
All events will start at 2 p.m. (with the exception of the grand opening on Sunday) in the Lecture Hall of the Institute of Jamaica, 10 - 16 East Street, Kingston. The events are free and contributions are welcomed.
Jamaica Music Museum's fifth annual Reggae/Black History Month Grounation is sponsored by CHASE Fund, CPTC, Linstead Market Jamaica, JMMB, Irie FM and NewsTalk 93.
Int'l authors for Poetry in Motion 13
Poetry in Motion goes international for it's 13th annual staging, presenting performers from Belgium and Canada.
Onesty from Belgium and Shauntay Grant from Canada are on the line-up on Sunday, February 28, at Manchester Golf Club, Mandeville.
The Jamaican performers are Barbara Gloudon, saxophonist Dean Fraser, Dufton Shepherd, Mutabaruka, Yasus Afari, Dwight 'Lt Elmo' Samuels, AnnMarie Wilmot, Jodian Harvey, Collette Kerr and Britton Wright, along with a very special guest performer.
In support of charity, Poetry in Motion 2016
Friends in Need, which cares for the street people of Mandeville, and the Gilbert and Georgia Allen Educational Trust, which supports financially challenged students, are the 2016 PiM charities.
Clean, Intelligent Fun for the Entire Family and Community is the celebrated mantra of Poetry in Motion. As customary, PiM actively encourages and promotes social responsibility by donating to worthy communitybased charities on an annual basis.
The13th annual staging of Poetry in Motion is officially dubbed the Feast of the Arts. Gates open at 3 p.m. showtime is 6:30 p.m.
Magnum Kings & Queens 9 on TVJ Saturday
The ninth and louder season of the Magnum Tonic Wine-sponsored Magnum Kings and Queen of the Dancehall competition returns to TVJ tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. with the first of two audition shows. The judges stopped in Savanna-la-mar, May Pen, Portmore, Ocho Rios and Kingston in search of talented Deejays and singjays.
The competition moves into its ninth year with the vibrant and fashionable 'Curvy Diva' as host. Yanique said this season will definitely be loud. "Magnum is always bringing the energy, and that is something I really love, and this year I am going louder with the fashion. It will be fresh and exciting, and I am just excited as usual to be a part of bringing the whole experience together," she said.
The first live show will be aired on Saturday, February 20, with 28 selected contestants vying for $1 million and the title of Magnum King and Magnum Queen.
Season nine also features new resident selector Randi Rich of Stone Love and a new host for Di Endz.
Crowd favourites Professor Nuts, Miss Kitty and Skatta Burrell return to add their brand of captivating excitement, bold, expert advice and inspiration as resident judges.
"Magnum Tonic Wine has been impacting dancehall culture, and more, since 1999 and, just like the industry players themselves, it is important for the brand to reinvent its image in keeping with the bold and magnetic essence of the culture. This year it's all about embracing the louder look, not just with our new label but also with the Magnum Kings and Queens set," remarked Omar Palmer, marketing manager, fortified Wines and liqueurs, J Wray & nephew Limited.
Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall airs on Saturdays, at 9:30 p.m. on TVJ, with repeat shows on Tuesdays at 11:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 p.m.
Ja's Best School Band 2016 starts March 4
High schools across the island are now signing up for the third season of Jamaica's Best School Band competition, set to launch at The Music Mart, South Avenue, St Andrew, on Friday March 4.
The first-round showdown is slated for Thursday, March 10, at St Andrew Technical High, School, home of the reigning champions.
This season will see a number of first-time entrants, including Alpha Boys and Herbert Morrison Technical High who both have a strong musical history, Other first-timers are Cross Keys High and Oberlin High.
Another highly anticipated highlight of the season is the introduction of the primary school category, J.B.S.B Juniors. This will feature a number of primary schools from across the Corporate Area, including, St Richards, and St Patricks.
"I am extremely excited about this new season. The fact that we still have the support of sponsors like The Edna Manley College, Suncity radio and Music Mart, the returning schools, and those who are now coming on board, is a testament to the hard work we have been putting in over the years" said co-ordinator Rayven Amani.
Bands will be performing to a number of themes, including Foundation Rules paying homage to Jamaica's music pioneers with songs selected from the golden era of Jamaican popular music.
Jinx gets 'Gemmed Up' for Carnival
Popular television host Jodi 'Jinx' Hendriques presented her first Jamaican carnival costume at the Bacchanal 2016 Launch last month - Island Gems, sponsored by Island Bet.
After working in the entertainment industry for 10 years, Henriques decided to broaden her horizons as a costume designer, inspired by her love for fÍting.
"I just had to turn my love for carnival into more than just a hobby," she explained.
"this design has a modern twist with the use of the nude fabric, which really showcases the iridescent stone and gem work."
Henriques made her mark on the carnival scene in 2014 when she premiered her MoBay costume as part of the Bliss section, the sister band for the much bigger TRIBE band in Trinidad.
She returns with her Cattleya costume for the upcoming Trinidad and Tobago Carnival.
Henriques, a partner in Karnival by Kandi, also hosts carnival parties in Kingston, and will soon to be branching out to other Caribbean countries.
On Friday, January 8, Henriques' Queens costume was also unveiled in Cayman for the band Swanky in Batabano Carnival.
All the proceeds will go towards charity in support of cancer patients.
"I am so blessed and, therefore, feel compelled to give back," Henriques said.
"We all know someone who's been affected by the ravages of cancer, so I'm glad to know that the proceeds from my costume will go towards this charity."