Arts & Culture

Mojo Morgan to start jewellery line

Mojo Morgan to
start jewellery line

MOJO Morgan of Morgan Heritage is expanding his horizons with the launch of a line of jewellery in December. He says Infinite Love By the Morgans is an affordable assortment of necklaces, bracelets, finger rings and earrings. "My fiancée Elia Camacho brought the idea to me and thought the s ... Read More

The Honourable Lisa Hanna, Minister of Youth and Culture, at the 2013 Junior Exibition for Art and Craft in Schools. (Photo: Call for Entries: Junior Exhibition for Art & Craft in Schools 2014
The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) is inviting entries for the Junior Exhibition for Art & Crafts in ... Read More

The gallery's interior ‘Dem ago tired fi see mi face’
SO reader Dominique Davis, on a recent visit to Amsterdam, walked into a gallery called Rockarchive ... Read More

IN ACTION: Poet Richard ‘Dingo’ Dingwall (centre), is flanked by his
contemporaries Yashika Graham and Mel Cooke at the Redbones
Blues Café in St Andrew on Monday. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY) New word order
A SHOWCASE of literary talent from three of Jamaica's wordsmiths was the highlight of the evening at ... Read More

Dance Jamaican

Monday, October 06, 2014    

We have to
take the
steps to push
Jamaica in
the position
it should
be in.
Jamaica to
the world we
say. We have
to make it

L'ANTOINETTE Stines, artistic director of L'Acadco dance group, is urging Jamaican entertainers to use professional dancers in their music videos. She made the call at the Creative Industries Open Day at Jamaica Promotions (JAMPRO) headquarters in St Andrew, last Wednesday. Stines recalled going to New York some years ago to assist Grammy-winning dancehall artiste Shabba Ranks with a dance routine for a music video. "They (producers) had three choreographers - one of Caribbean descent, one a ... Read More

Japan brings rich culture to Jamaica

BY DONNA HUSSEY-WHYTE Sunday Observer staff reporter | Sunday, October 05, 2014    

First secretary at the Embassy of
Japan Hiromoto Oyama chairing
the Tsugaru-Shamisen concert
held at King’s House Thursday
under the patronage of the
Governor General of Jamaica.

SKILL, craft and class were some of the words used to describe the performance of the Japanese band Abeya as they brought their culture to King's House last Thursday evening. The Tsugaru-Shamisen concert was under the distinguished patronage of Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and his wife Lady Allen, and Ambassador of Japan Yasuo Takase and his wife Sayoko Takase. The concert was one of the many activities to mark the 2014 celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica-Japanese diplomatic r ... Read More

Dancehall moves to classroom

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter | Sunday, September 28, 2014    

Dance Xpressionz in

CHOREOGRAPHER Orville Hall may have pulled off his best move to date. Come January, he will be conducting a course in dancehall dance at his alma mater Excelsior Community College in St Andrew. "I am just trying to preserve dancehall and wanted to show others that there are sections of dancehall that can be taught in school. People can get accredited and certified," he told the Sunday Observer. According to the founder of the 14-year-old dance group Dance Xpressionz, he got the nod after submi ... Read More

Family takes centre stage at Wolmer's

By Richard Johnson Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, September 24, 2014    

The Wolmer’s Dance Troupe in performance.

FAMILY entertainment is the aim for the 24th annual season of dance by the Wolmer’s Dance Troupe scheduled for the Little Theatre in St Andrew this weekend. Barbara McDaniel, artistic director, says the performances on Friday and Saturday aim to entertain everyone from the “babe in arms to the grandparents”. “This year was particularly challenging as we got off to a late start. Normally we start rehearsals from June. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, we ... Read More

Her Last Cry for St James

Wednesday, September 24, 2014    

(From left) Carla Moore, Tony Rodney and Suzanne Beadle in a scene from Dahlia
Harri’s Her Last Cry.

AFTER seeing a production of Dahlia Harris's Her Last Cry at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts on the Mona campus in July, director/actress Susan Beadle was extremely blown away. She left the St-Andrew-based theatre with one goal in mind: to share the story with others. Her desire is coming to fruition as the production is scheduled for the Fairfield Theatre in St James from September 26 to October 26. "The plays speaks to the issue of domestic violence which is an issue that ... Read More

JA tops ENCORE grand finals

By Brian Bonitto | Tuesday, September 23, 2014    

The ENCORE Grand Final winners are all smiles as they pose for pictures at Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa in
Westmoreland, on Saturday night. (From left) Shadeky Mitchell, Best Costume and Best Female Model (Beaches Negril); Shana-
Kay Ergas, Best Female Vocalist (Unique Vacations); Andre Palmer, Best Male Vocalist (Beaches Grande Riviera); Scion Derby,
Best Dance Performance (Sandals Montego Bay); Jolon Jones, Best Instrumentalist — keyboard, (Sandals Royal Caribbean –
Montego Bay); and Yannick Thomas, Best Male Model (St Lucia).

JAMAICA employees of the Sandals group were in top form at ENCORE Grand Finals held at Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa in Westmoreland, on Saturday night. The 11-year-old talent and modelling competition saw the local contingent stave off their Caribbean colleagues best efforts to secure six of the seven categories that were up for grabs. Shadeky Mitchell, 22, entertainment coordinator at Beaches Negril, led the haul by winning Best Costume and Best Female Model categories. "This ... Read More

A lifetime of dance

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, September 14, 2014    

Patsy Ricketts performing with the National Dance
Theatre Company. (INSERTED) Patsy Ricketts (Photo: Courtesy of NDTC)

THE name Patricia Judith Maryla Ricketts may not immediately ring a bell, but say Patsy Ricketts, and the word dance is almost guaranteed to follow. Come National Heroes' Day — October 20 — Ricketts joins a long list of Jamaicans who will receive national awards at King's House where she will receive the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD), for her sterling contribution to the creative arts in the area of dance. This award comes following more than half-a-century as ... Read More

A tribute to Miss Lou

Wednesday, September 10, 2014    

A wide-eyed Amina Blackwood- Meeks delivers a ‘duppy story’ as part of the Miss Lou tribute.

Had she been alive, cultural icon Louise Bennett Coverley, more popularly known as Miss Lou, would have celebrated her 96th birthday last Sunday, September 7. As it has done for a number of years sincer her passing, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission observed her birthday with a tribute inside the venue named in her honour, the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre in St Andrew. Miss Lou died in Canada in 2006. Here are some scenes from An Evening With Miss Lou. Read More

Miss Lou lauded in word, song

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, September 09, 2014    

Storyteller Amina Blackwood-Meeks (left) delivers her ‘duppy story’ at An Evening with Miss Lou
at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre in St Andrew on Sunday. Deon Silvera (background right)
acted as emcee for the evening. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

THE Corporate Area rain on Sunday put a damper on the celebrations in observance of the 95th birthday of Jamaican folklorist Louise Bennett Coverley, popularly known as Miss Lou. However, the much-needed rain, could not stop the spirit in which the performers took to the stage to pay tribute to the late cultural icon. The event dubbed An Evening With Miss Lou was aptly staged at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre in St Andrew. Lovers of local theatre and long-time friends of the Miss Lou came ... Read More

8X10 measures up

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, September 08, 2014    

HEAP... we must turn this into something meaningful

FOR the first time in its five-year history, the 8 X10 Theatre Festival will have its full complement of productions over the event's three days. Organiser Brian Heap is overjoyed that there are 24 productions which will be taking to the stage of the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, from September 26 to 28. "Over the years, we have never had the full 24 plays. In the past, we have had to repeat productions to arrive at the full n ... Read More



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