Ja Praise Chorale marks second anniversary
The Jamaica Praise Chorale (JPC) will celebrate its second anniversary with a number of performances during Easter. The group's first performance will be at the popular Bank of Jamaica's free monthly lunch hour concert series on Thursday, March 24, at 12:30 p.m.
This will be followed by an Easter cantata portraying the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ aptly named Rejoice Di Messiah Lives, written by the chorale's musical director, Ian Hird. The cantata will take place at the Boulevard Baptist Church, 2 Washington Boulevard, Kingston 20, on Easter Sunday, March 27, beginning at 6 p.m. There will also be selected Easter favourites by the Boulevard Baptist Church Choir, led by music director Joseph McIntyre.
The chorale is accompanied by a full band with a horn section, creating a big band gospel sound. Ian Hird is the JPC's principal musical director and he is ably supported by assistant music director Aldane Walker. The group's performances are also enhanced by professional choreography, lighting, audio production, and stage management.
Tickets are available at the church's office and Music Mart.
In keeping with its Christian beliefs, JPC continues to reach out to the National Children's Home in Papine, and, as usual, will host a select group from the home at this concert.
New edition of On Holy Week
The Department of Literatures in English, UWI, Mona, in association with the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ), will host the launch of a new edition of On Holy Week, a sequence of poems by Poet Laureate Mervyn Morris, on Sunday at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (N1), UWI, Mona, beginning at 11 a.m. The main speaker will be Professor Edward Baugh, noted Jamaican poet and literary scholar.
Poetryarchives.org describes On Holy Week as a series of poems " ... where the crucifixion is flecked with Caribbean colour and peopled with locals. Turning from sacred to profane, Morris inhabits his amorous verses with intense self-awareness and erotic power."
Mervyn Morris taught at the UWI, retiring as professor of creative writing and West Indian Literature in 2002. He has received a Musgrave Silver Medal from the Institute of Jamaica; the Order of Merit from the Government of Jamaica; and, at the Mona graduation ceremonies last year, an honorary D.Litt.
He has published three books of criticism and a biography, the last being Miss Lou: Louise Bennett and Jamaican Culture. In 2014, Mervyn Morris was named Poet Laureate of Jamaica. He is also the author of six collections of poetry, including The Pond, Shadowboxing, Examination Centre, and I Been There, Sort of: New and Selected Poems.
The launch falls on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week.
Children's Gospel Competition semis on Palm Sunday
Some of Jamaica's talented children will showcase their vocal prowess on Palm Sunday, March 20, at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Children's Gospel Song Competition Semi-Final Concert. It will be held at the Olson Memorial Chapel, 35 Hope Road, Kingston 10, starting at 5 p.m. The semi-finalists are competing for a spot in the competition's national final.
According to Stephen Davidson, "Four regional eliminations were held across the island to select the most talented performers to compete in the semi-final round." The youngsters compete in two age classes: six to 10 years old and 11 - 15 years old.
Admission is adults $300 and children under 12 years old $150, with tickets being available at the gate. Members of the public are also invited to participate in the outreach component of the programme by taking along donations for children's homes.
The national final will be held in May as part of the Child's Month Celebrations.
Entries open for Red Bull Thre3Style
Red Bull Thre3Style Competition's seventh staging promises to be the biggest one yet. Red Bull Thre3Style is an international competition where deejays from around the world compete.
The competition opened on March 1st with a new twist anyone can enter. This opportunity gives local deejays a chance to show off their skills along with the world's finest.
The local leg of the competition has been won previously by DJ Nicco and DJ Inferno, who showed off Jamaica's skills on the world stage.
All interested deejays may enter this year's staging, with the finals in Santiago de Chile, by submitting a five-minute video showcasing their skills on https://thre3style.andalive.com.
The Red Bull Thre3Style World Tour will visit over 20 countries from May to September. Jamaica isn't listed on the tour stops. However, participants have a chance to compete as a wild card, entering by March 31st.
Strictly Addi goes to the beach
Fans of incarcerated dancehall icon Vybz Kartel will not have to wait much longer for another event dedicated to the self-proclaimed Worl' Boss as Strictly Addi returns in the summer.
Strictly Addi will take place on June 25.
The event is now celebrating its third anniversary. Now too big for any local club, the promoters have decided to show versatility like Vybz Kartel and move the event to the beach.
"Over the past two stagings, Strictly Addi has grown tremendously," said Gabrielle Curling of JEM Entertainment, promoters of the event. "The patrons kept asking for a bigger venue, and as event organisers, you know it's very important to listen to the people who are supporting you. That said, we didn't want to give them just any venue. Summer is fast approaching, and one of the Teacha's many hit songs was Summertime. So as Addi said, if a even the beach, we affi reach."
The promoters have promised high energy and a variation of non-stop Vybz Kartel music throughout the event. "We have always provided strictly the best in entertainment and patrons can expect nothing less on the beach," said March Hines of JEM Entertainment.