Arts & Culture

St Mary's Actor Boy

Keron Davis

Budding actor/playwright Keron Davis dreams of opening his own production company. At just 19, Davis has written and directed over four plays, his latest titled Money Problem. The play debuted at the Annotto Bay Primary School in St Mary last Saturday. It shows at Dover Community Centre in that par ... Read More

Photographer Brian Rosen taking pictures of a model. Dec 2 funeral for Brian Rosen
THE thanksgiving service for photographer Brian Rosen will be held at St Jude's Anglican Church in S ... Read More

IN GOOD company In good company
The Company Dance Theatre delivered a really strong performance last Friday evening at the Little Th ... Read More

Brukwine ‘BRUK OUT’ 
IT'S a new trend in pop circles and has celebrities like Uzo Aduba, Kreesha Turner, and Academy Awar ... Read More

Cooper ready to fill dad’s shoes

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, November 22, 2015    

Safia Cooper

WITH just over a month before Safia Cooper takes the reins of entertainment and business conglomerate Pulse from her father Kingsley, she is vowing to continue on the path he cleared for the past three decades. Pulse, which operates the renowned model agency, as well as several other business entities, will see the younger Cooper assuming the role of CEO come January 1. In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, the 35-year-old Cooper notes that being the eldest of two children, the thought o ... Read More

Amazing Grace, a modern-day drama

Monday, November 16, 2015    

A poignant representation of the passion of Christ. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON)

THE genre of gospel theatre is slowly catching on in Jamaica. Practitioners, including Dahlia Harris with her God's Way series, show the viability of this area in commercial spaces. On Saturday, Bible Teachers International presented Amazing Grace in front of a packed house at the Little Theatre in St Andrew. While watching the first half of the production, one could not help but think that, despite the timelessness of the Bible story, this play would be best suited for Easter. However, the f ... Read More

Global movements

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter NEWLY installed associate director of The Company Dance Theatre, Colin Blackwood is vowing to be the bridge that links local dancers with the international world. | Monday, November 16, 2015    

THE COMPANY Dancer Theatre

NEWLY installed associate director of The Company Dance Theatre, Colin Blackwood is vowing to be the bridge that links local dancers with the international world. The 31-year-old attorney -- who was named to the position a few weeks ago ahead of this weekend's 27th annual season of dance -- says that dancers need to see themselves as being part of a global community, sharing ideas and experiences. "I see my role as being that bridge with the young and established dancers, not only here in Jam ... Read More

‘Stella’ performance

BY ALDANE WALTERS Observer writer | Monday, November 16, 2015    

The ensemble in
Wanted. (PHOTOS:

STELLA Maris Dance Ensemble served up a stellar presentation at their 22nd season of dance at the Little Theatre in St Andrew, recently. The troupe took the audience on an exciting journey through time, while paying homage to Jamaica's rich musical history and culture. The opening piece was a 'Patchwork' of brilliance and energy, as the Tony Wilson-choreographed dancers compelled the audience to sit up and take note with an engaging African folk number. The beats of the Congo drum, occasional ... Read More

Jamaican jamboree in T&T

Monday, November 09, 2015    

Cast and crew of Jonkanoo Jamboree shortly after winning the Best Production Award at the Caribbean Schools’ Drama Festival 2015 in San Fernando, Trinidad
and Tobago. The ceremony was held Friday at Southern Academy of the Performing Arts.

JAMAICA captured Best Production Award for Jonkanoo Jamboree at the recent Caribbean Schools' Drama Festival 2015 in Trinidad and Tobago. The awards ceremony was held at the Southern Academy of the Performing Arts in San Fernando. Written by Aston Cooke, Jonkanoo Jamboree, a comedy, also won awards for Best Music, Best Choreography (Danar Royal), Best Actress (Melessa Vassell), Best Supporting Actor (Jadon Barton-Williams), Best Supporting Actress (Jhada Ann Walker), and Most Promising Actress ... Read More

Gucci girl

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment | Monday, November 09, 2015    

Tami Williams on the cover of French ELLE magazine.

AT 17 years-old, Tami Williams is racking up quite a résumé. This year, she has strut the catwalk for fashion powerhouses Calvin Klein, Dolce&Gabanna and Gucci. Not bad for someone preparing for her CXC exams. "I always want to be a supermodel. I am still in a daze at how fast things have been happening," the 5-ft 11-inch model told the Jamaica Observer. Born in Kingston, Williams grew up in rural St Elizabeth. She stepped in the spotlight four years ago after placing second ... Read More

Arts, entertainment community members honoured

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, October 20, 2015    

Politician and music industry insider Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange
(right) receiving her national award from Governor General
Sir Patrick Allen at King’s House in St Andrew, yesterday.

THE 'feel good' factor was in overdrive for yesterday's National Honours and Awards at King's House in St Andrew. Scores of Jamaicans were recognised for their contribution to national life. The arts and entertainment industry was not left out. Actress and broadcaster Fae Ellington was the first of the industry to receive her award -- the Order of Distinction in the rank of commander (CD) for her contribution to communication, media, education and culture. Speaking to the Jamaica Observer, th ... Read More

Dancing divas call for more respect

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter | Sunday, October 11, 2015    

Renae 6:30 and Sher Rumbar show
their creative dancing moves.

POPULAR female dancers Renae 6:30 and Sher Rumbar say they are urging the dancehall artistes to be more supportive of their careers. In an interview with Jamaica Observer, the dancing divas said there skills complement the dancehall acts. "Some of them are quick to link us whenever they want a dance move to be highlighted in a music video. But when they are going on tour they don't even look at us. They sometimes want to pay us a small fee but it shouldn't be like that. Us dancers add colour ... Read More

Wolmer’s Dance Troupe mark milestone

BY ALDANE WALTERS Observer writer | Monday, October 05, 2015    

Members of the
Wolmer’s Dance Troupe
go through their paces.

AFTER 24 years of successful productions, nothing less than excellent would do when the Wolmer's Dance Troupe hosted their 25th season at the Little Theatre in St Andrew recently. It wasn't as spectacular from the get-go, at least on the Saturday when the Jamaica Observer attended. This was due to a few out-of-sync dancers. But as the show progressed, the dances got more interesting and engaging, and in the end, left the audience satisfied. The troupe opened with Twenty-Five Strong, which saw ... Read More



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