Ikaya for Cornwall's Florida celebrations
Kadian 'Ikaya' Blair is set to rock the ballroom of the Signature Grande Hotel in Davie, Florida, on Saturday, November 5, at the Cornwall College South Florida Alumni Association's annual dinner and dance.
Now in its 22nd year, the dinner dance is the staple event for the male-dominated organisation, which raises funds and sponsors students and programmes at the 120-year-old Montego Bay based high-school.
Ikaya, a songwriter who is renowned for her flexibility as a reggae, dancehall and R&B singer, shares the spotlight with ska great Eric 'Monty' Morris.
Ikaya, with Ain't Giving Up among her latest singles, will be complemented by Monty who is expected to bring his 1960s swag to the stage with mega hits like Sammy Dead, Oil In My Lamp and Humpty Dumpty.
President of the association, 1977 graduate Egbert Clarke, said this year's programme and celebration will embrace aspects of the past, present and the future, as "120 years of sterling contribution to secondary education in Jamaica is worth a celebration. We are proud of our history and we love our school, Cornwall College, so our reunion weekend will be special".
The Saturday, November 5 formal affair is book-ended by a welcome reception (Meet 'n' Greet), for 'out of towners' at the Entertainment Centre in Lauderhill on Friday, November 4, and a 'so long, farewell' brunch at the Central Broward Regional Park, also in Lauderhill, on Sunday, November 6.
Proceeds from the event will go towards a number of programmes at the school, including the rehabilitation and renovation of the playing field.
Strings & Ivory
On Sunday, Barry Williams (baritone), Paulette Bellamy (violinist), Jon Williams (violinist/pianist) and Godfrey Taylor, vocalist/pianist, will be the featured artistes at Voice Meets Strings & Ivory, to be held at Church on the Rock, 7 Clifton Drive, St Andrew, at 5 p.m.
This concert will showcase songs and musical pieces from the classical and gospel genres, as well as Broadway hits and reggae gospel.
The outstanding musicians are slated to take the audience members on a musical journey covering oratorios, English art songs, spirituals, German leid and well-known gospel songs, combining voice, violins, and piano.
without drumsticks at Pegasus
Grub Cooper's fans have grown accustomed to hearing him playing sweet rhythms on the drums while singing with Fab 5. However, on Sunday Cooper will be appeararing minus his drumsticks, taking centrestage to give the full range of his repertoire as an accomplished vocalis at Jazz in the Gardens, Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
Renowned as a songwriter, producer, drummer and saxophonist, since 1970 Cooper has been the musical arranger for penned some of Jamaica's most memorable hits, including Jamaican Woman, Yu Safe and All Night Party. Grub played on all the reggae tracks on Johnny Nash's platinum album I Can See Clearly Now, which produced Bob Marley's first hit as a songwriter Guava Jelly.
He also has six Festival Song winners for artistes including Eric Donaldson and Roy Rayon. arranged backing vocals for the I-Threes on Coming in From the Cold and Bad Card. He worked with producer Steve Levine in London on a single for Boy George, Believe in it All, as background vocalist and played drums on the Beach Boys album Kokomo.
Cooper has received national awards from the Government of Jamaica, including the Order of Distinction, Officer Class (OD). This was subsequently elevated to Commander Class (CD). He has also received a special honour award from the Jamaica Federation of Musicians JFM (1988) for his outstanding contribution to the development of Jamaican music. He has also been Jamaica's leading theatre musician for almost two decades, winning numerous Actor Boy Awards.
The theme for this month's Jazz in the Gardens concert is Maestros and Divas. Myrna Hague, Karen Smith, Christina Smith (from Canada), Alex Welcome and young singer Courtni Jackson will perform. Providing music for the evening will be drummer Desi Jones with his musical friends.
The concert continues to be supported by KOOL 97 FM, Power 106 FM, Music 99 FM, Jamaica Pegasus, Clear Sound Production Services and Celestial Seasonings.