Spanish Embassy hosts
Rae Town tribute
The lawns of the Embassy of Spain were transformed into a Rae Town Old Hits dance hall last Thursday evening.
Chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of Spain, Carmen Rives, along with Dr Joshua Chamberlain, Jerome Hamilton from Headline Entertainment, and the originators of Rae Town Old Hits, Sister Norma and Bunny Wright, came together to host a Rae Town tribute.
It featured Klassique Disco, led by founder Senor Daley, and deejay Welton Irie, sharing the sounds of hits from the '60s to the '90s. Members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the private and public sector, academia, artistes and veterans of the Jamaican entertainment industry, as well as members of the community of Rae Town, shared a special Jamaican cultural experience. The event was streamed live on Alpha Boys School Radio to music fans around the world.
Rae Town, a well-known fishing community in south east Kingston, became the home of Rae Town Old Hits in 1982 when Sister Norma and her husband, Bunny Wright, hosted Senor Daley for the first sound-system event at the Capricorn Inn. Supported by the surrounding community, is has developed into a world-renowned contributor to the Jamaican culture and economy.
A visibly moved, Sister Norma said, "Rae Town Old Hits has created numerous opportunities. Peace instead of war, decency instead of vulgarity, jobs instead of unemployment and soothing therapy instead of chronic despair".
A recent PhD graduate from the University of the West Indies, Chamberlain said the intention of the Rae Town Old Hits Tribute was to create a shared Rae Town environment in order to better talk about sound systems as an economic and cultural driver in Jamaican society. Sound systems, he stressed, can evolve and contribute in different ways than since they emerged in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
"The technology, the way we think about music and community, is changing," he said. Chamberlain challenged guests to "find new ways of building communities without losing the benefits of what sound systems have created".
Rives also thanked partnering sponsors Red Stripe and Island Grill, as well as Rae Town's peanut seller who came with his smoking motorised 'trike', and the jerk chicken seller who added to the Rae Town vibes.
Speeches and thanks aside, shoes came off, drinks and food were enjoyed and the sound system and the dancing shook the Embassy lawns. The actual Rae Town Old Hits party now takes place now in Sabina Park every Sunday, starting at 11:00 p.m.
Sixth Jamaica Poetry Festival on Sunday
The sixth annual Jamaica Poetry Festival (JPF) will honour Mutabaruka with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Tribute will also be paid to Mervyn Morris, Kamau Brathwaite and June Jordan. The 2016 Jamaica Poetry Festival takes place on Sunday, August 14, at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, 36 Hope Road, St Andrew.
The Poetree showcase features Professor Mervyn Morris (Poet Laureate of Jamaica), Yasus Afari, Nabbie Natural, Yeza Rebel, Susie Maine and D'Maverick. There will be five Canadian poets, namely El Jones (Poet Laureate of Halifax), Ahmed Knowmadic - The Somalian, Scruffmouth (Canadian national footballer), Bro Sankofa and PruffRock Shadow Runner (Canada's slam poetry champion), who recently represented Canada in France.
The festival commences with free, family-friendly creative writing workshops from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be led by Kellie Magnus and the international guest poets. This will be followed by main stage performances, The Feast of Poetree Showcase, at 7:00 p.m.
The Canadian poets are appearing courtesy of the Canadian Arts Counci. The JPF 2016 is made possible by the sponsorship of NCB, JCDC and SenYAcum.
Expressions fuses art forms
A fusion of art will be the highlight of Expressions - An Evening of the Arts (The Jamaica Chapter), with music, poetry, dance and drama taking centrestage. Slated for the Karam Spied Auditorium, Merl Grove High School, on August 21, the evening will begin with an art exhibition at 6 p.m., showcasing the works of various artists.
At the 7 p.m. showtime, patrons will be invited to engage in a soulful evening of entertainment, with alternating performances of various art forms.
Expressions - An Evening of the Arts was conceptualised by Najuequa Barnes and came to life at UWI Cave Hill, Barbados, while she was a student there. Her love for the arts inspired the move to embark on a Jamaican edition.
"Each artistic expression will embody the theme 'empowerment' not only entertaining an audience, but conveying an inspirational and motivational message," Barnes said. Patrons will also have the opportunity of winning gate prizes offered from sponsors of the event.
Tickets are available at E.G. Wellness Brands, 44 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston 5 (across from Eden Gardens), eventbrite.com/myxpressionz or via the ticket hotline 513-0307.
Prince Pine to host free parties
On August 14 and 19, Skateland in Half-Way Tree will be the venue for free parties hosted by social media sensation Prince Pine and the Pine Movement Crew.
Soft drink giants BIGGA, which is currently celebrating 20 years of service to Jamaica, recently added Prince Pine to its brand ambassador roster; and the young comedian is eager to celebrate his signing as well as the brand's anniversary.
"I wanted to do a free event and invite everyone to come and celebrate with me. During that time, I will also be celebrating my birthday and BIGGA is celebrating 20 years, so instead of doing something small, I'm going to make it a much BIGGA shindig," Pine stated.
The events will feature a host of entertainers, including dancehall diva and BIGGA brand ambassador Tifa, who shared her excitement.
Pine said the events will also feature the musical stylings from Chromatic.