ART'ical provides intimate entertainment
Like an underground movement, the crowd was not large, the acts not widely known, but the camaraderie and adoration was intimate and genuine.
This was the atmosphere at ART'ical Exposure last Friday held at Bookophilia at 92 Hope Road in St Andrew, as poets and musicians delivered their work to a small, appreciative crowd.
The event, a musical and literary series, promoted the upcoming ManifestoJA festival and had an alternative feel to it.
Unlike mainstream events, which can sometimes be noisy as entertainers deliver and fans show their appreciation, attentiveness was the order of the day.
Tribute to ancestors
The show began with a tribute done to the ancestors through libations before Kenardo Phillips expressed himself though drums.
Phillips got the crowd moving to his beat. Phillips' five-minute set using two drums was well appreciated by the audience who applauded him as hard as he beat his drums.
Dax, a singer who followed, implored the crowd to display more love in their lives saying that he uses "love to seal gaps", to "fill his suitcase" and as "a gas" to which he adds "nas".
Poet Yashika Graham's poems had the attention of the audience.
Her poems encouraged her listeners to appreciate words and that her generation was "soaring to new art".
Randy McLaren, the self-described 'Kreativ Aktivis' pontificated about and decried the system which caused "Armadale, hunger and police brutality".
McLaren also renamed a now infamous institution - the Students' Loan Bureau to 'Strictly Load and Burden'.
Ganja shows two sides
One of the headliners, Ganja, showed two sides of himself. He stressed to the audience through dub poetry that he was the one with the most "ganjalogical mind". He also encouraged the audience to "focus on the bigger picture" whether "high" or "not".
Ganja sang a piece about a special girl, interestingly changing the rasping voice he used for his other performances to one more palatable for the subject of his latest presentation.
The final act, Jason Worton the 'multi-musician', armed with a guitar and a harmonica, sang to the delight of the crowd.
"The overall feedback was very positive, although we noticed some room for improvement. We will be working to ensure that the next event provides an even better experience for our patrons."