Jamming for Jimi Hendrix

Basil Walters

Thursday, November 22, 2012

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THE second ‘Jimi’s Jam: The Listening Party Edition’, takes place Sunday at Asante Adonai in Winefield, St Ann.

It celebrates the legacy of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, who would have turned 70 on November 27.

Dr Leahcim Semaj, an admirer of Hendrix, is promoter of the event.

"Jimi Hendrix told us ‘When I die, just keep playing the records’ and that is exactly what we will be doing on Sunday," said Semaj, who recalled his first encounter with the musician.

"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."

Jimi’s Jam kicks off at noon with the Mind Expansion Audio Experience, followed by the Earthing Experience. The Filmore Tropic Theatre showcases interviews with Hendrix as well as a documentary on the guitarist.

From 2:31pm to 4:00pm, the Mind Expansion Audio Experience continues with DJ Afifa and Mutabaruka sharing their favourite Hendrix songs.

Between 4:01 pm to 5:00 pm will be The Genius At Work segment where guitarists play their favourite Hendrix songs. There is also a challenge for them to play a Hendrix-style rendition of Jamaica’s National Anthem.

Jimi Hendrix is widely regarded as the premier rock guitarist. He played as a sideman with several soul acts on the ‘Chitlin circuit’ in the American south during the mid-1960s, before moving in 1966 to England where he broke through as leader of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.




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