Arts & Culture


Chin. (Photo:
Observer file)

REIGNING Miss Jamaica (World) Laurie-Ann Chin is on the hunt for another crown. She is one of the finalists in the Miss World pageant in London on December 14. In fact, she arrived in London yesterday. Laura Butler, franchise holder for the local contest, confirmed Chin's safe arrival in the UK. S ... Read More

A scene from the production If There’s A Will There’s A Wife. Serious times for plays
THE once-vibrant theatre scene is reporting a general downturn in audiences. This, in turn, is refle ... Read More

Themes of the life cycle — from the womb to the tomb — are
explored in Where’s Maria? When Stella thrills
The Stella Maris Dance Ensemble thrilled audiences in the Corporate Area last weekend with the stagi ... Read More

The culmination of the dramatic Stolen Inner-Sense. A 'Stella' performance
THE choreographers for the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble were indeed very busy as they prepared for th ... Read More

Portland’s artistic talents on display

Monday, November 10, 2014    

Some of the artists who displayed items at the inaugural art show. From left (front row) are Marsha-Lee Hutchinson, Winston Hill, Shallene Dawkins, O’Neil Lewis,
and Omaron Reid. From left (back row) Christoff Hamilton, Mark Bell, and Cornell Skervin (PHOTOS: EVERARD OWEN)

THE recently held Portland art show dubbed 'The Finest Art with a Touch of Magic' is being hailed a success as local artists displayed a wide variety of art and craft items. The items which were on display at the show, held at Cajanas Cafe in Port Antonio, included woven baskets, T-shirts and a wide assortment of candles. The youngest artist with items on display was eight-year-old Omaron Reid who received great commendation for his painting entitled 'Climbing the Mountain'. Organiser of the ... Read More

Jamaican in Lion King musical

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, November 09, 2014    

Jamaican dancer Benton Morris (centre) with castmates in the
London production of hit musical The Lion King.

THE third time proved to be the charm for Jamaican dancer Benton Morris, who is part of the London cast of hit musical The Lion King. It was audition number three for the show which debuted in 1997, that proved the clincher for the St Catherine-born Morris. He had first auditioned in 2010, then two years later in 2012. On both occasions, he made it to the final round, ending up in the top four male dancers each time. But he failed to make it to the cast of the stage as he was told he did not f ... Read More

Stella Maris season begins this weekend

Monday, November 03, 2014    

Principal dancer Andre Hinds in
Gye Nyame (Except God).

STELLA Maris Dance Ensemble begins its 21st anniversary season at The Little Theatre in St Andrew on Saturday and continues through the following day. Saturday's performance will be in aid of the Cherry Gardens Citizens' Association's charity, while Sunday's will be in aid of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters. The season will be under the distinguished patronage of businessman Wayne Chen. The ensemble's co-founder, Dr MoniKa Lawrence said as the Franciscan Missionary Sisters celebrate their 8 ... Read More

Jamaican wins Trinidad pageant

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

Rachelle Beirsay (seated) was crowned Miss Divali Nagar Queen in
Trinidad & Tobago last weekend. She is flanked by her fellow contestants.

RELATIONS between sister Caribbean nations Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago have been strained over the past few months, but just last week a young Jamaican charmed the audience and judges at the Miss Divali Nagar Queen pageant in the twin-island republic to take home the title. Fifteen-year-old Rachelle Beirsay, a student at Immaculate Conception High School in St Andrew, edged the other contestants out to win the pageant organised by the National Council for Indian Culture, which is celebratin ... Read More

Mojo Morgan to start jewellery line

Thursday, October 16, 2014    

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 synergy between the line and my music would be great. So, she set up the meeting for me and the rest is history," Morgan told the Jamaica Observer. The venture sees Morgan teaming with Zalemark Holdin ... Read More

Call for Entries: Junior Exhibition for Art & Craft in Schools 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014    

The Honourable Lisa Hanna, Minister of Youth and Culture, at the 2013 Junior Exibition for Art and Craft in Schools. (Photo:

The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) is inviting entries for the Junior Exhibition for Art & Crafts in Schools, 2014. All primary level schools (that is, preparatory, primary, junior high, all-age, etc) islandwide are invited to submit entries for the exhibition. All eligible entrants must be students between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. Schools are encouraged to submit entries in the Art and Craft categories. A maximum of 20 art pieces can be entered for this category, which may include (b ... Read More

‘Dem ago tired fi see mi face’

Sunday, October 12, 2014    

The gallery's interior

SO reader Dominique Davis, on a recent visit to Amsterdam, walked into a gallery called Rockarchive and came face to face with images of Bob Marley. "It was an incredible experience," she shared. "I could hardly believe what I was seeing." What she was seeing was a single portrait, a triptych of portraits showing the development of the smile, and an A1-size composition of the original contact sheets reflecting the different moods of Marley. It has taken a few weeks, but here we are today with n ... Read More

New word order

Thursday, October 09, 2014    

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)

A SHOWCASE of literary talent from three of Jamaica's wordsmiths was the highlight of the evening at the Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew on Monday. The partners in poetry -- Mel Cooke, Yashika Graham and Richard 'Dingo' Dingwall -- dealt with a wide range of issues in a calculated, but entertaining way. Notwithstanding styles of delivery, there was a great investment of thought from all three performers. The event, hosted by stand-up comedian Doctor Michael Abraham, was a send-off par ... 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



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