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Published:Friday | December 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Monty Alexander
Rondell Positive
Sylvester Stephens' 'Henry, Spirit of the Clay'.
Everald Brown's 'The Word is Life'.


Monty Alexander master class at Edna Manley tomorrow


International jazz pianist Monty Alexander will conduct a master class in the Vera Moody Concert Hall, School of Music, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, 1 Arthur Wint Drive, St Andrew, tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Dr Orville Hammond, senior lecturer of jazz at the School of Music, said: "It is a significant opportunity for our students to engage with someone of Monty Alexander's expertise. They will benefit from his wide range of music experience, spanning jazz, classical and R&B. His international reputation speaks for itself."

Alexander's career spans five decades and includes collaborations with jazz figures such as Milt Jackson, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. The class is part of Monty's 'Home for Christmas' concert schedule, hosted by the UWI's Global Giving Project. He is slated to perform at a benefit concert with his band, the Harlem Kingston Express, on Sunday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston.

The School of Music remains the first and only one of its kind in the English--speaking Caribbean. Local musicians and school groups are invited to share with the School of Music's staff, students and Monty Alexander.


ArtStock goes into Christmas spirit


ArtStock at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts gets in the spirit of Christmas with an interactive shopping experience named Sip & Paint, Shop & Rock next Friday, December 16, beginning at noon.

ArtStock, located at 1 Arthur Wint Drive, was opened earlier this year with a key objective to provide a one-stop shop for fine art, locally made, handcrafted gifts by faculty and past and current students at the college. The work spans a wide variety of fine art from ceramics, sculpture, photography and jewellery to textiles.

The Sip & Paint section takes place 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and will also showcase performances from the Schools of music, Dance and Drama. Former director of the School of Visual Arts, Petrona Morrison, one of the curators of ArtStock said: "Patrons will have an opportunity to paint in an organised, guided event and delve into their creative talent while sipping on a glass of fine wine."

A winner of Sip & Paint will be selected by members of the faculty of the School of Visual Art and one patron will receive complimentary classes from the School of Continuing Education.


New exhibition at National Gallery


The National Gallery of Jamaica will open Spiritual Yards: Home Ground of Jamaica's Intuitives, which features selections from the Wayne and Myrene Cox Collection, on Sunday. The formalities start at 1:30 p.m., with opening remarks by Wayne Cox, followed by a musical performance by the Nexus Performing Arts Company.

The theme of Spiritual Yards was proposed by Wayne Cox, who co-curated the exhibition, and explores how many of the artists who have been recognised as Intuitives are rooted in popular religious and spiritual practices, especially the Revival faith and also Rastafari. Several of them produced or contributed to so-called spiritual yards (also known as home ground), or sacred spaces that featured ritual and symbolic objects and images meant to engage or represent the spirits. This was either the start of their artistic practice or remained as its main focus.

As Wayne Cox has rightly argued, these spiritual yards are often their most outstanding works of art, and their cultural significance in the Jamaican context warrants further exploration.

Spiritual Yards features the work of ten such artists, namely Errol Lloyd 'Powah' Atherton, Vincent Atherton, Everald Brown, Pastor Winston Brown, Leonard Daley, Reginald English, Elijah (Geneva Mais Jarrett), William 'Woody' Joseph, Errol McKenzie and Sylvester Stephens. There will also be photographs and video material on their lives, works, and spiritual yards from the Wayne and Myrene Cox archives.

Spiritual Yards will be on view until January 29, 2017.

Wayne Cox and his wife, Myrene, have collected and documented the work of Jamaica's Intuitives for 30 years.


Shara McCallum book launch at UWI on Sunday


The Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, will host the launch of Shara McCallum's collection of poetry, Madwoman (Alice James Books, US & Peepal Tree Press, UK), on Sunday at 11:00 am in the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre (N1), Faculty of Humanities and Education.

Madwoman is McCallum's fifth collection of poetry. Poet Terrance Hayes writes of Madwoman: "Shara McCallum is like a great marathoner traversing myth, mind and memory. Her work steers us through the heart of troubled landscapes, as well as the landscapes of the troubled heart...There are no other poets writing with McCallum's beautiful intensities of form and feeling."

McCallum's other works include The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems (Peepal Tree Press, UK, 2011); This Strange Land (Alice James Books, US, 2011), which was a finalist for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature; Song of Thieves (University of Pittsburgh Press, US, 2003); and The Water Between Us (University of Pittsburgh Press, US, 1999), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry.

Originally from Jamaica, McCallum earned an M.F.A. in Poetry at the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in English Literature at Binghamton University. Since 2003, McCallum has served as director of the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, where she also holds the Margaret Hollinshead Ley Professorship in Poetry and Creative Writing.

Recognition for her work includes a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, inclusion in the Best American Poetry series, and a poetry prize from the Academy of American Poets.

The launch speaker will be Jamaican poet Tanya Shirley, adjunct lecturer in the Department of Literatures in English, UWI, Mona, and author of the acclaimed She Who Sleeps With Bones (Peepal Tree Press, 2009).

The public is invited to attend. For details, the Department of Literatures in English can be contacted at at 927-2177 or


Students invited to give praise after exams

Colours in Praise, dubbed 'the ultimate praise party', which has been rescheduled for Friday, December 16, will be a time for students to relax after exams on the grounds of St Andrew High School for Girls, 10 Cecelio Avenue, near Half-Way Tree Square.

Students are invited to praise God for life after their gruelling exams. Members of church groups are also invited to join the celebration. Patrons should wear clothes that reflect the colours of their respective schools or churches, as they participate in the praise party. The excitement begins at 5 p.m. and ends by 9 p.m. Admission is $500.

The praise party will include a fashion and decorum (FAD) show featuring stylishly hot but modest clothes from designers such as Kyda Style Fashion and Felicia Drummond. The pieces will be modelled by students from several schools.

Along with the FAD show, disc jockeys from several schools will face off under the guidance of famed DJ Marlon Young, who will provide uplifting party music for the evening. There will be performances from several schools and churches, with gospel artiste Minister Rondell Positive bringing the party to a climax.

Colours in Praise is the first in a series of events under Spring Praise Jamaica, a Ministry of Education-endorsed programme which promotes wholesome, uplifting, spiritual entertainment and recreation for the young and young at heart.

"This is more than just a one-off party, concert or music festival", explained spokesman the Rev Michael Aiken. "We are promoting a Psalm 150 and Isaiah 42:12 island lifestyle for Jamaica and from Jamaica to the world! All our events will be sizzling but sanctified."