Hendrix still a hit at 70

Published: Saturday | November 24, 2012 Comments 0
In this 1970 file photo, rock and roll guitarist Jimi Hendrix is shown performing on the Isle of Wight in England. - AP
In this 1970 file photo, rock and roll guitarist Jimi Hendrix is shown performing on the Isle of Wight in England. - AP

Jimi Hendrix told us "when I die, just keep playing the records" and that is exactly what we will be doing tomorrow (Sunday, November 25) with Jimi's Jam: The Listening Party Edition.

Jimi Hendrix would have been 70 years old on Tuesday, November 27, and this event is a celebration of his music.

Jimi Hendrix is widely considered to be the greatest electric guitarist in history and one of the most influential musicians of his era across a range of genres. His following is ever-expanding as generation after generation discovers his genius.

Dr Leahcim Semaj is the man behind the event. "I saw Hendrix perform when I was 18. I had recently arrived in America and to see a black man with such mastery of an instrument was freeing. It convinced me that anything I put my mind to, I could do." Semaj says that Hendrix proved for him that there are no limits except the ones we impose on ourselves.

The Day's Programme

From noon until 1:30 p.m., there will be 'The Mind Expansion Audio Experience', which provides an opportunity to listen to every Hendrix song ever recorded. Songs will be played from vinyl, CDs and MP3. There will also be a guided Earthing Experience from 1-1:30 p.m.

From 1:30-2:30 p.m., - The Fillmore Tropic Theatre will showcase interviews with Jimi and a documentary on his life.

Favourite songs

Then from 2:31 p.m. to 4 p.m., - The Mind Expansion Audio Experience continues with DJ Afifa and Mutabaruka sharing their favourite Hendrix songs. Another guided Earthing Experience is scheduled for 3:30-4 p.m.

After this, there will be a segment dubbed 'The Genius At Work' from 4:01 p.m. until 5 p.m. This is where guitarists are invited to play their favourite Hendrix songs. There is also a challenge for them to play a Hendrix-style rendition of the Jamaican national anthem.

And finally from 5:01 p.m. to 6 p.m., there is 'The Mind Expansion Audio Experience', which continues and the bonfire is lit.

Admission is free. Music lovers are encouraged to carpool and to bring a chair or blanket, an umbrella and an igloo.

Last year's inaugural event drew a small but appreciative audience. Charles Campbell, formerly of Synergy and an event promoter, commented to Semaj then: "You and your team deserve my expression of appreciation for an exhilarating afternoon in a breathtakingly scenic location. It was filled with great recorded music and fascinating live musicianship."

Asante Adonai is an organic farm located in Winefield, St Ann, on the road between Claremont and Higgin Town, on the way to St Ann's Bay.

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