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Flow partners with Rebel Salute

In an autograph session arranged by Flow, a major sponsor of Rebel Salute 2015, singers Etana and Sophia Brown signed more than 100 autographs at the Flow store in Pavilion Mall, Constant Spring Road, St Andrew, last Thursday.

The in-store activity was a special surprise to Flow customers.

"Flow is happy to be associated with Rebel Salute 2015. It represents for us an association with an authentic Jamaican music festival. We are a company committed to Jamaica, its people and culture, so we wanted to partner," said Naomi Francis, corporate communications manager at Flow.

"The great thing about this autograph-signing session is that our customers got up close with the artistes, but also several persons who were in the vicinity wanted to get their personalised autographed photo, so they came rushing in," Francis said.

Following on its success in broadcasting the Sir Arthur Guinness Day concert live via pay per view in high definition, Flow allowed viewers in Trinidad pay-per-view access to Rebel Salute 2015.

In addition to its attractive booth at last weekend's Rebel Salute 2015, held in Priory, St Ann, in the early hours of Sunday morning, Flow released hundreds of balloons in honour of Jamaican popular music standouts who died in 2014, among them John Holt and William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke. Flow also provided free WiFi for those attending the festival.

Flow is also sponsoring the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival next week.

Int'l Reggae Conference set for Feb 11-13

The Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies Unit, in collaboration with the Office of the Principal at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, will host the fourth International Reggae Conference (IRC) from February 11-13, 2015 at UWI, Mona campus, under the theme 'Musical Legends and Cultural Legacies'.

The conference's opening ceremony is from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, February 11, at the Undercroft, Senate Building. Lisa Hanna, minister of youth and culture, has been invited to address the ceremony.

The special panel 'Let the Power Fall on I: Reggae as a Site of Subversion, Resistance and Change', with special guests Niney the Observer, Max Romeo and Tappa Zukie, will be hosted by David Katz from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, in the Multifunctional Room, Main Library, UWI.

Copeland Forbes will make a special presentation titled 'Jamaican Reggae Music: Incline or Decline?' from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, also in the Multifunctional Room, Main Library.

The Annual Bob Marley Lecture will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, at the Undercroft. Roger Steffens will speak on Unearthing Marley's Oral History. A photographic slide presentation of 164 images of artefacts from Roger Steffens' extensive collection and presented by him, from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, February 13, in the Multifunctional Room, Main Library, under the title 'Archiving the Culture of Jamaican Music'.

A book launch and closing showcase will be held at 6 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Friday, February 13, featuring Dr Donna Hope's fourth book, the edited collection Reggae from Yaad, along with other books on Jamaican music and culture.

Exhibit displays from various cultural industry participants, including the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) and Phase Three Productions, will be staged in the Assembly Hall. The IRC's Reggae Village will run for the entire conference, where exhibitors/sponsors/vendors will showcase a variety of products. There will also be a Reggae Village Entertainment Showcase featuring musical presentations by the UWI Pop Society, with up-and-coming and special guest artistes.

Saturday Art-Time resumes at National Gallery

As of last weekend, The National Gallery of Jamaica resumed its innovative child art programme, Saturday Art-Time.

The programme, which has been active since September 2009, consists of a range of gallery-based art workshops for children eight to 15 years old. The workshops are designed to provide an opportunity for children to learn about Jamaican culture and history through the gallery's permanent collection and exhibitions.

In addition to the variety of art-making techniques customarily taught at the Saturday Art-Time workshops, such as drawing, painting, assemblage and collage, the Education Department is introducing Basic Animation workshops for participants aged 12 to 15 years old.

Art'it exhibition

The Saturday Art-Time programme leads up to the third biennial child art exhibition, Art' iT, previously held in 2011 and 2013. The Art' iT exhibitions feature a selection of artworks produced by the participants of the Saturday Art-Time programme and are held shortly after the closing of the annual workshops at the beginning of the summer break.

The workshops, funded by the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education fund (CHASE), will be held every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the National Gallery. The programme is free of cost, but space is limited, so applicants are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Registration forms are available at the National Gallery.

For more information, contact the National Gallery's Education Department at 922-1561/3 (Lime landline) or 618-0654/5 (Digicel fixed line) or via e-mail at

Cocoa Tea, Stephens, Sanchez, Hall for Ladies Ball

Cocoa Tea, Richie Stephens, Sanchez, Marion Hall (Lady Saw's other performance persona) and Kconeil are among the performers for Ladies Ball, the first major reggae/R&B concert on the entertainment calendar in the New York area for 2015.

It takes place at the Resort World Casino ballroom in Queens, New York, on Sunday, February 8.

"With Valentine's Day just a few weeks away, the time is perfect to present another intimate, up close-and-personal concert for the ladies," said the event's promoter, Bobby Clarke.

In October, Freddie Jackson performed at the Soul In The Sun Festival in Montego Bay, St James. At Ladies Ball, he is expected to deliver the ballads You Are My Lady, Rock Me Tonight and Tasty Love, among others. Cocoa Tea performed in the closing hours of this year's Rebel Salute, held at Grizzly's Plantation Cove, Priory, St Ann.

Richie Stephens enjoyed a stellar 2014 with Everybody Dance. Sanchez was outstanding at the inaugural Ladies Ball last year.

Poetry in Motion 12 on February 22

The 12th annual Poetry in Motion (PiM) will be staged on Sunday, February 22, at Manchester Golf Club, Mandeville. This year's charity benefiting from the event is Gilbert and Georgia Allen Educational Trust, which, in turn, supports Manchester High School students.

Poetry in Motion 2015 will showcase Mutabaruka, Pam Hall, Dr Michael Abrahams, Dufton Shepherd, Yasus Afari, Jean Breeze, Kellie Magnus, Randy McLaren, Annmarie Wilmot, Marcel 'Ahmdeep' Allen, Gervanna Stephenson, Georgia Allen, Charmaine Gooden-Monteith, and Sankofa Fashions.

Gates will open at 3 p.m. and performances start at 6 p.m. on the dot, which is another trademark of Poetry in Motion.

Tickets are available at Fontana Pharmacy, Heaven's Texaco, Manchester Golf Club, Mandeview Hotel, Villa Gardens, VW Investment Cambio (Christiana), Junction Pharmacy and Dr Little's Office & Pharmacy (Santa Cruz).

This year's sponsors are Fontana Pharmacy, VW Investment Cambio, Sankofa Wellness Centre (Mandeville), Irie Life (Anguilla) and Mona Graphic Printers, with special support of JIIC.