Poetry In Motion to unfurl golden tongues
Paul H. Williams, Gleaner Writer
Now in its seventh year, Yasus Afari's Poetry In Motion rumbles on Sunday at Villa Gardens, Mandeville, starting with an all-inclusive dinner at 4 p.m.; show time will be at 6 p.m.
The Edutainment Promotion-produced event aims to provide an evening of cultural fun for the entire family, showcasing music, dance, comedy, storytelling, fashion and poetry in a very family-friendly atmosphere. Clean, entertaining presentations will be the order of the evening.
The line-up of performers includes Yasus Afari, Ken Boothe, Joan Andrea Hutchinson, Simon Crosskill, Owen 'Blakka' Ellis, Viv Morris-Brown, Mel Cooke, Amina Blackwood-Meeks, Kerryann Brown, Professor Barry Chevannes, Tanhoi Afari, Ashley Little, Kimberley Wint and a surprise guest. Reggie's African clothes will also grace the stage.
An anticipated highlight of this year's staging will be the presentation of the first Golden Tongue Award (GTA). According to the promoters, the GTA competition seeks to identify, highlight and develop the rich poetic heritage and talent of Jamaican youths.
Unpublished poets were asked to submit a poem depicting various aspects of Jamaican life in a positive, realistic and socially responsible manner. The response was "overwhelming" and it "has been really heart-warming", Afari said. The winner and two runners-up will receive, among other things, a laptop, trophies, book vouchers, books and CDs plus an opportunity to perform their winning entries on Sunday.
Poetry In Motion and the GTA are sponsored mainly by Jamaica International Insurance Company, VW Cambio, Learning Links International, Mandeview Flats, Little Ochie Seafood Restaurant, Mona Graphic Printers, Caldoors and Senya-Cum. Pre-sale tickets are available at these locations as well as at FX Traders, Fontana Pharmacy, Junction Pharmacy, Villa Gardens Restaurant and Heaven's Texaco.
As has been the case over the years, part-proceeds of the event will go towards a needy institution and this year's recipient is Ebenezer Home.