'Jus' Skool' moves to a beat
The Digicel-STAR Jus' Skool Back-to-School Fair will be offering up more than free back-to-school goodies at St William Grant Park, downtown Kingston, tomorrow. Several top artistes have also been booked to give the over 8,000 patrons expected to turn out a show to remember.
Already confirmed are Tanto Blacks, Devin Di Dakta, Tifa and heavy hitter Busy Signal. Patrons will also be able to see their top seven Digicel Rising Stars contestants in performance.
"This fair is going to be a day of fun for everyone. While our main focus is on the children, we also wanted to ensure that we kept the parents entertained as well," said Danielia McLean, sponsorship manager at Digicel Jamaica.
The fair starts at 11 p.m. Children attending will have access to free health and optical check-ups, teeth cleaning and haircuts, as well as back-to-school packages.
The Digicel Star Jus' School Back-to-School Fair is sponsored by KSAC, CB Chicken, Nestle, Honey Bun, KFC, Tastee, Pure National Ice, Reggae Jammin' and Big Jo.
Mexican dance, music at Little Theatre
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Jamaica, the Embassy of Mexico will host a performance of the Guadalajara Dance Company and the Orgullo de Jalisco Mariachi Band on September 17 at the Little Theatre, Tom Redcan Drive, St Andrew.
Orgullo de Jalisco was founded in 2001 through the initiative of Jose Macias Mariscal (Pepe Mariscal). They have made several presentations, including to President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto in 2013, as well in Spain, Canada and China. The band performed in Jamaica for Mexican National Day in 2013 and 2015.
The Guadalajara Dance Company began in 1984 and is the first folkloric group of Jalisco to appear in Mexico's highest forums. Since its established, it has made official performances in Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, England, the United States, Colombia, Venezuela, Italy, Greece and Spain. The culture of Mexico has been well represented through the company's spectacle of lights, colour, rhythm and movement.
Tickets cost $1,500 and can be purchased at the Embassy of Mexico, 36 Trafalgar Road, New Kingston; the Little Theatre; Chilitos Restaurant, Hope Road; and the principal's office, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts.
Ky-Mani Marley anchors Ja House performances
Close to 1,000 persons filled Jamaica House, hosted at Jockey Club Brasilero, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last Saturday following a blistering run by Jamaica's male 4x400-metre team at the Olympics.
Ky-Mani Marley, the night's performer, pulled on an extensive catalogue, including his own popular songs Get High, Love Over All and Rasta Love. He also gave a taste of his father's legacy, singing classics like Turn Your Lights Down Low and One Love.
Commenting on Jamaica's impact, Marley said, "I feel great about Team Jamaica's performance, but I expected it. It's not even a show-off thing. But it's an overwhelming thing to see people from this little island do so much. My father and Usain Bolt have shown how music and sports can overcome a lot of boundaries, and I'm just amazed to see this all manifest for myself."
He said, "The people, the vibe, the energy was just amazing. The Jamaican team is here representing at the Olympics, but when you come here you see that Jamaica is not just loved by the Jamaicans. The Brazilians love us, the Germans love us, the French love us, and it's just wonderful to be loved by the world. I've had a few big shows here in Brazil already, but this has definitely been one of my most memorable. The vibe at Jamaica House was just different and I loved it."
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, who saw the performance, said "Jamaica House is promoting Brand Jamaica, at the centre of which is sport and our music. So Jamaica House is a package of what we are and what we give to the world. We have wall-to-wall people inside Jamaica House singing along to Ky-Mani, in spite of the rain. That's just a wonderful experience."
A very proud Jason Hall, deputy director of tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board, said "epic has been the new norm in Rio, both on the track and at Jamaica House. We've exceeded expectations and achieved a tremendous amount of awareness about destination Jamaica. All of this would not have been achieved without the support of our valuable partners, Digicel Jamaica, Downsound Entertainment, Sandals Resorts International, Appleton and Red Stripe."
'Last Sundays' features Jane Macgizmo
The National Gallery of Jamaica's Last Sundays programme for August 29 will feature a musical performance by Jane Macgizmo and guided tours of the recently opened Kingston - Part 1: The City and Art exhibition.
Denieze Anderson, popularly known as Jane Macgizmo, is a recording artiste, songwriter, producer and designer. Her artistic passion was instilled at seven years old by her parents, who encouraged her to take music and art classes. She studied film production at Northern Caribbean University (NCU) and also became a designer and photographer, both of which have aided her music career.
Macgizmo's second release, Babylon, captures the enticing and defiant nature of her music. The music video for the song, set in lush, green scenery high in the mountains, was filmed, directed and edited by Jane and Tricia Bent. It has been in regular rotation on BET SOUL. Zincfence Records has also released a dub mix of Babylon. Jane's work spans music genres such as dubtronica, indie reggae, jazz and EDM.
Kingston - Part 1: The City and Art is the first instalment of a two-part exhibition series that explores the role of Kingston in the development of Jamaican art and, conversely, the role of art in the development of the city of Kingston. The present edition of Kingston features artists such as Isaac Mendez Belisario, Carl Abrahams, Hope Brooks, Edna Manley, Cecil Baugh, Kapo, Di-Andre Caprice Davis, Roy Reid and Stanford Watson, as well as the iconic Jamaican feature film The Harder They Come (1972, directed by Perry Henzell).
The exhibition examines how Jamaica's turbulent, but culturally fertile, capital city has generated many of the circumstances and opportunities that have propelled the development of Jamaican art over time, from the natural resources to the economic activities and institutions. It also explores how artists have been inspired in their work by the events, personalities and tales that have defined life in the city, starting with the 1692 destruction of Port Royal, which led to the establishment of the city. Kingston - Part 1: The City and Art was curated by National Gallery assistant curator Monique Barnett-Davidson and continues until October 30, 2016.
The National Gallery of Jamaica's doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 28, and the musical programme will start at 1:30 p.m. As is customary, admission and guided tours will be free for the day, but contributions to the National Gallery's donation box are always welcome.