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Jamaican Folk Singers present Pepperpot

Published:Friday | July 1, 2016 | 7:00 AM
The women of the Jamaican Folk Singers in action.

Once again, The Jamaican Folk Singers will be hosting Pepperpot.

For over 20 years, the singers have staged the annual traditional folk fair, an effort motivated by the group's ultimate aim of unearthing, exposing and preserving aspects of our diverse folk culture. This year promises pottery, 'bikkle' and a day full of performances of traditional folk music.

"No matter what time you get there, there is some entertainment," Christine MacDonald Nevers, director of the Jamaican Folk Singers told, The Gleaner. The group plans to have musical and theatrical entertainment throughout the fair, with two performances every hour by members of the Jamaican Folk Singers and the Jamaica Cultural Group for the Blind.

"There will also be a group of children from Excelsior Prep," Nevers added, assuring that the music will be all folk related. "They will be singing, drumming, and playing guitar pieces."

Staying true to the promise of unearthing aspects of Jamaica's diverse folk culture, along with musical performances throughout the fair, Pepperpot will feature pottery making demonstrations by renowned Jamaican potter, Phillip Supersad.

There will also be demonstrations in the making of cocoa tea, from the grind to the boil.

"People can literally get their hands on," Nevers revealed excitedly, "to make the cocoa tea and design their own pottery."

She recalled that the highlight at last year's fair included bammy making, candy making and maypole dancing.

"We try to pull on different aspects every year," she said, and make the experience as immersive as possible. "The group's initiative is to expose Jamaicans to indigenous folk culture," the director said, taking care that the festivities never become too repetitive.

 

Food and drinks

 

Numerous items will be on sale, including plants, shoes, clothes, food and drinks.

"There will be a bikkle stall, where you can get your puddings and candies, and there will be a market stall. You can come make a day of it and come get all you ground provisions," Nevers told, The Gleaner.

Nevers highlighted Kingston Bookshop, Novelty Trading, Pure Bulk Syrup, Loshusan Supermarket, Lasco Distributors and Jamaica Producers, as significant contributors to the staging of this year's event.

The Jamaican Folk Singers' Pepperpot Folk Fair, will take place this Saturday, July 2, 2016 from 10 a.m., to 3 p.m., at St Luke's Church Hall, Cross Roads. Tickets are: adults $300 and children: $100.