The Jamaican Folk Singers presents its 2013 concert season at The Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue, beginning Friday, September 13, 2013.
The season, which ends Sunday, is being held in tribute to the Jamaican Folk Singers' founder, Dr Olive Lewin.
Patrons will be treated to the excitement of children's games, and the life lessons to be learned through the playing of the games, and will also experience the drama of court proceedings where all matters are addressed - no exceptions!
The Jamaican Folk Singers, which Lewin founded in 1967, has strived through the years to remain true to its mission, which includes unearthing and exposing the beauty and artistic worth of Jamaica's folk music heritage.
40+ years in existence
It has been 45 years of overcoming challenges and helping to keep alive the folk foundations of Jamaica's music, being a bridge between the senior citizens who have nurtured the values and lore of old Jamaica, and the youth who are the hope and architects of tomorrow.
The Jamaican Folk Singers began as a group of friends who Lewin invited to share her enthusiasm for Jamaica's folk music, which developed with her experience in collecting and researching.
From the group's first public performance until now, there is focus on maintaining respect for Jamaican traditions and for the people who have kept them alive.
With a repertoire of more than 200 Lewin-arranged songs, the group has sung to enthusiastic audiences in Jamaica and several other countries, including Martinique, Barbados, Cuba, Mexico, USA, Germany, Canada, Great Britain, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and Argentina.
Over the years, the group has arranged island tours - giving free performances in markets, schools, church halls and town centres across the island. These tours have been referred to by members as some of the most rewarding experiences.
The 2013 concert season presents another opportunity for the group to use Jamaica's folk music and its messages to uplift Jamaica while highlighting some of the values of 'old Jamaica', with the music, encouraging respect and understanding among people of different backgrounds.
The shows on Friday and Saturday are at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.
Tickets are available at The Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue; Music Mart, South Avenue; and Monarch Pharmacy, Sovereign Centre.
The Jamaican Folk Singers operates with a belief that music greatly helped Jamaica's forefathers cope with the realities of their harsh living conditions without becoming excessively bitter, and believes that today it can continue to bring and hold people together.