Arts & Culture

YEPP’s Fun Day gets nod

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. W ... Read More

DJ Cardo Selectors take dancehall to St Martin
Sound system selectors DJ Cardo and DJ Ruxie are hoping for more overseas gigs after an ‘eye-o ... Read More

Marissa Benain in
Bert Rose’s Moods.(Michael Gordon) NDTC continues renewal
Throughout its 54 years of existence, one of National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica’s (NDTC ... Read More

Shakira Martin Shakira Martin’s funeral tomorrow
The funeral of former Miss Jamaica Universe, Shakira Martin will be held at the Holy Family Church i ... 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

Grange gives Grand Gala good grade

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, August 08, 2016    

Popular effigies Tan Tan and Saga from Trinidad and Tobago made another appearance in Jamaica. (Garfield Robinson)

Culture and Entertainment Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said she was pleased following Saturday’s Grand Gala inside the National Stadium in St Andrew, which brought the curtains down on this year’s Emancipation and Independence celebrations. For Grange, the event is the culmination of hard work put in by her team since taking up office following February’s General Election. “It was just all of us working in a very short time. We took it, we turned it upside ... Read More

Dynamix ‘burns up’ dance floor

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Saturday, August 06, 2016    

World Reggae Dance Champions  for 2016, Jamaica’s Dynamix Team receive their trophy from Entertainment and Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

FOURTH time proved the charm for St Catherine-based dance group Dynamix Team, as they emerged winners of the World Reggae Dance Championship held inside Independence Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, on Thursday night. Dynamix Team trounced 15 other dance squads from Jamaica, Finland and France to top the judges’ scorecard and walk away with the $500,000 cash prize, a trophy, and title of ‘World Reggae Dance Champions’ for 2016. This was the gro ... Read More

World Reggae Dance contest on tonight

Thursday, August 04, 2016    

Last year’s World Reggae Dance Champions Str8 Edge Classic Dancers of Jamaica.

THIS evening, Independence Village, located at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, is expected to come alive with the World Reggae Dance Championships. A relatively new addition to the Independence celebrations, the event has been growing since its inception 10 years ago. Stephen Davidson, director of marketing at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), said the growth is reflected in the competition’s ability to attract dancers from outside Jamaica’ ... Read More

Farewell Louis Marriott

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, August 03, 2016    

Louis Marriott

‘A great, great loss to Jamaican theatre,” is how colleague Lenford Samuels described Monday’s passing of actor, director, writer and broadcaster Louis Marriott. Marriott was ill for some time and had been living at St Margaret’s Home in Kingston. He was 81. Samuels recalled that Marriott had not been writing for the past three years. His last production was Bedward, an early work which originated as The Shepherd in 1960 and reappeared as Bedward in 1984. He was born i ... Read More

Weather dampens ‘Emancipendence’ celebrations

Tuesday, August 02, 2016    

A strengthening tropical wave caused postponement to several activities slated as part of Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Emancipation and Independence celebrations yesterday. According to a release from Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, the adjustments to the schedule were due to the “inclement weather that was expected to affect the island”. As a result, the Independence Village at the Ranny Williams En ... Read More

An affair of the art

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 31, 2016    

A section of the collections inside the National Gallery in downtown Kingston. (Photo: Contributed)

SENATE president Tom Tavares-Finson’s courtroom exploits are well-documented. He has been the go-to defence attorney for the music industry’s who’s who: Grace Jones, Sean Paul, Shabba Ranks, and Vybz Kartel. But that’s just half of the picture. The 63-year-old spends most of his leisure time focusing on another passion, art collecting. “I have one of the largest collections of Jamaican artists and one of the top collections in hand,” Tavares-Finson told ... Read More

Salmon sheds light on Blindspot

Sunday, July 31, 2016    

Lenford Salmon (Lyndale Woolcock)

The team at Jambiz International, the local theatre production outfit, is eyeing another successful run with its comedy Blindspot. The producers have again assembled their regular cast of players — Glen ‘Titus’ Campbell, Camille Davis, Sakina Deer, Sharee Elise, and Courtney Wilson — to bring to life this work from the pen of Patrick Brown and direction by Trevor Nairne. They have, however, co-opted young actress Lackeisha Ellison to complete the cast. Lenford Salmon ... Read More

T&T effigies for Jamaica's Grand Gala

Thursday, July 28, 2016    

Tan Tan & Saga Boy are surrounded by revellers during the Trinidad Carnival. (Photo: Jermaine Cruickshank)

Saga Boy and Tan Tan, two iconic effigies from Trinidad & Tobago’s carnival by renowned artist Peter Minshall, will be included in this year’s Grand Gala scheduled for the National Stadium in St Andrew, on Independence Day, August 6. The announcement was made by Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, on Monday, following a recent visit to the twin-island Republic to explore possible partnerships for the advancement of culture, as ... Read More

Tulloch pens 3Some

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Monday, July 25, 2016    

David Tulloch

CAN another female take your woman? That’s the question being posed in David Tulloch’s new play 3Some, set to hit the boards at the Phoenix Theatre in St Andrew, come August 1. Known for his thought-provoking work, Tulloch again touches a nerve and the consciousness of his audience with his latest work, which he refers to as a “domestic drama with erotic themes”. “After we staged Risqué in 2012, we have been flooded with requests for a part two. But wh ... Read More



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