Arts & Culture

Chinese troupe for Wednesday show

China National Opera and Dance Theater in performance.

The colourful China National Opera and Dance Theater troupe will be guest performers for a one-time show at Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) at 176 Old Hope Road in St Andrew, on Wednesday, September 28. The event, which is commemorating the China National Day and 125th anniversary of the found ... Read More

Cecil Cooper Cecil COOPER hailed as icon
LATE artist, singer and art educator Cecil Cooper has been hailed as as a “cultural icon, who ... Read More

Movements’ Jade Arscott Movements marks milestone
IN 1981, a group of dancers — former members of the defunct Eddie Thomas Company — decid ... Read More

Deon Silvera (Michael Gordon) Walk good!
Last Wednesday marked the 97th birthday of folklorist and cultural icon Louise Bennett Coverley, pop ... Read More

Dancers aim to be Kingz’ of business

By Simone Morgan-Lindo Observer reporter | Friday, September 09, 2016    

Ice Kingz (Lionel Rookwood)

For eight-member Ice Kingz, it is not just about dancing. The group recently launched it latest project: a clothing line of the same name catering to young and trendy males. “We were all in the dancing field before, but in January we got together and formed Ice Kingz. We are just a collection of young, talented individuals who want to make it in the fashion and entertainment industry,” Nicardo Dixon told Splash. In addition to Dixon, Ice Kingz comprises Shakeem Hamilton, Omarie My ... Read More

Miss Lou remembered

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, September 09, 2016    

Host Deon Silvera (left) introduces performers at the Aunty Roachy Party — the online tribute concert celebrating the 97th birthday of culural icon Miss Lou. From left Jennifer “Jenny Jenny” Small, Christopher “Johnny” Daley, Michael Nicholson, and Rosie Murray. (Michael Gordon)

The local theatre community came out in support of two events held on Wednesday to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the birth of folklorist and cultural icon, the late Louise Bennett Coverley, more popularly known as Miss Lou. From as early as 8:30 am, some gathered at her final resting place inside the National Heroes Park in Kingston for a floral tribute to the woman who brought the local language to prominence with her performance on stage, as well as her work in print, radio and televisi ... Read More

‘Ochi’ selects finest for Sandals festival of arts

Monday, September 05, 2016    

Sandals Ochi’s Althia Sinclair took Best Female Model title.

Several stirring and well-received performances brought the house down in the Sandals and Beaches Resorts Festival of Arts ‘Ocho Rios Region Talent and Model Competition’ held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in St Ann, last Thursday night. The occasion saw representatives from Sandals Ochi, Beaches Ocho Rios, and Sandals Royal Plantation enthralling the massive audience of guests and locals with singing, dancing, modelling and poetry. Sandals Ochi’s Akeen Fennell delivered the e ... Read More

Miss Lou party goes online

Thursday, September 01, 2016    

Miss Lou

THE 97th anniversary celebration of the birth of cultural icon Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett Coverley is to be taken to another level. Come September 7, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) intends to take a two-pronged approach to celebrate this milestone, delving into the realm of social media with what is being dubbed an online party, as well as live-streaming of a tribute concert, which will allow people across the globe to join the celebrations. According to JCDC&rsq ... Read More

‘Show will go on’

Tuesday, August 30, 2016    

(From left) Michael Thompson, International Reggae Poster Contest co-founder, his colleague Maria Papaefstathiou, and Israeli Alon Braier — winner of the inaugural competition in 2012.

THE death of graphic artist and International Reggae Poster Contest co-founder, Michael ‘Freestyle’ Thompson, will have no effect on this year’s event. That’s the word from Maria Papaefstathiou, who co-founded the competition with Thompson in 2012. Jamaica-born, US-based Thompson died a week ago in the United States of complications from an enlarged heart. “The International Reggae Poster Contest will continue to run. We have already announced the next opening, wh ... Read More

YEPP’s Fun Day gets nod

Saturday, August 20, 2016    

Kevin Downswell

Emerging playwright Kennisha Burrell is pleased with last Saturday’s staging of YEPP Back to School Treat and Family Fun day at the UDC Parking lot in Portmore, St Catherine. This is the event’s third staging. “Kevin Downswell’s performance was like the icing on the cake. We had rides, fire breathers, Jamaica’s Michael Jackson, games and a cook-off,” Burrell, a YEPP director, told Jamaica Observer. She had high praises for EDUCOM Credit Union’s commit ... Read More

Selectors take dancehall to St Martin

Saturday, August 13, 2016    

DJ Cardo

Sound system selectors DJ Cardo and DJ Ruxie are hoping for more overseas gigs after an ‘eye-opening’ and ‘encouraging’ trip to St Martin last month. According to DJ Cardo, it made him “realise the great impact that Jamaican music has on the Caribbean”. Both are members of CD Fantasy, a sound system from Chisholm Avenue in Kingston. Led by Crazy Bling, its team also includes DJ Sprat, DJ Kongry and Mario. They were contacted by a dancehall fan through socia ... Read More

NDTC continues renewal

Thursday, August 11, 2016    

Marissa Benain in
Bert Rose’s Moods.(Michael Gordon)

Throughout its 54 years of existence, one of National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica’s (NDTC) constants has been its focus on projecting a specifically Caribbean dance idiom. The company’s founding fathers, the late Eddy Thomas and late Professor Rex Nettleford, had the foresight to develop a company aimed at presenting on stage a representation of the art and beauty which lies at the heart of the Caribbean experience. In its 54th anniversary season of dance, which closes at the ... Read More

Shakira Martin’s funeral tomorrow

Thursday, August 11, 2016    

Shakira Martin

The funeral of former Miss Jamaica Universe, Shakira Martin will be held at the Holy Family Church in Miami Gardens, Florida, tomorrow. The service, dubbed a Celebration of Life, will commence at noon. A second event will be held in Jamaica on August 26 at Frenchman’s Cove in Portland. Martin, who won her title in 2011 and represented Jamaica at the Miss Universe pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil, later that year, passed away in Miami Florida on August 3, succumbing to a lifelong battle with ... Read More

Montano for Tryall Club benefit show

Monday, August 08, 2016    

Fernando Montano in performance.

BALLET’s rising star, Fernando Montano is slated to perform at a charity event dubbed Swan Lake at United Kingdom-based philanthropist Theresa Roberts’s Hanover Grange home, Tryall Club in Hanover, on Wednesday. The ‘invitation only’ event, according to Roberts, is her way of giving back to Jamaica during a month-long birthday celebration. “Hanover Grange has given me the opportunity to bring the best of international culture to Jamaica. I am a passionate believer ... Read More



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