Arts & Culture

Take a holiday for Marcus

BY KEDIESHA PERRY Observer writer | Wednesday, August, 21 2019    

Dr Michael Barnett, University of the West Indies lecturer and conceptualiser of the inaugural Marcus Garvey Festival, believes more recognition should be given to the national hero on his birthday. Read More

'Role' of Honour

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Tuesday, August, 20 2019    

Come October 21, Heroes' Day, actor Glen Campbell will be among the Jamaicans to receive insignia at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony at King's House. He will receive the Order of Distinction in the rank of officer (OD) for his over 38 years of outstanding contribution to... Read More

Dufton goes regional

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, August, 18 2019    

Local comedian Dufton Shepherd is still buzzing following his performance in Barbados last Sunday. Read More

Tulloch goes gospel

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, August, 18 2019    

AWARD-WINNING theatre producer, director and actor David Tulloch is throwing his hat into the gospel music arena. He has released a gospel track which he hopes will take to the market. Read More

Whylie returns for Gerrehbenta

BY DEBORAH GORDON Observer writer | Sunday, August, 18 2019    

VETERAN musician Marjorie Whylie joins National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) Singers for a special performance of Gerrehbenta , choreographed by Rex Nettleford in 1983 at Pliť for the Arts' Amalgamation, on August 30. Read More

No to #*#@

Wednesday, August, 14 2019    

Dub poet Yasus Afari does not believe Jamaican expletives should be allowed in the dancehall space. He was speaking with the Jamaica Observer at the ninth Jamaica Poetry Festival, held last Sunday at Louise Bennett Garden Theatre in Kingston. Read More

Ja's culture on show in Sweden

Tuesday, August, 13 2019    

MEMBERS of Sweden's small Jamaican community turned out at Lappis Beach in Stockholm on August 3 to celebrate their country's Independence Day. Read More

Honour of a Lifetime

By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer writer | Tuesday, August, 13 2019    

Professor Edward Baugh received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to language and literature at the ninth Jamaica Poetry Festival. The event, organised by dub poet Yasus Afari, was held Sunday evening at the Louis Bennett Garden Theatre on Hope Road in... Read More

NDTC gets it right

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, August, 11 2019    

The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) has for a number of year been stressing its mantra of renewal and continuity. Read More

Finding Miss Lou

BY KEDIESHA PERRY Observer writer | Sunday, August, 11 2019    

Amina Blackwood-Meeks, an authority on oral history in Jamaica, says more should be done to teach Jamaica's youth about legendary folklorist Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley. Read More

Joanna Walker tastes victory

By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer writer | Tuesday, August, 6 2019    

St James' Joanna Walker is the 2019 Jamaica Gospel Song winner. The final, held Sunday evening, filled the National Arena in Kingston with songs of praise. Read More

Khamara Wright is Festival Queen

BY AALIYAH CUNNINGHAM Observer Writer | Sunday, August, 4 2019    

†IT was a historical moment last Thursday evening at the National Arena in Kingston, as 23-year-old Khamara Wright, who represented the parish of St Catherine, walked away with the 2019 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen crown. Read More

Quilt's ReAshore'd was riveting

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Thursday, August, 1 2019    

There is a poignant line in Quilt Performing Arts Company's production, ReAshore'd, in which the character, in reassuring her people that they have the strength to overcome the horrors of slavery states: “We may have left home, but home has never left... Read More

Quilt berths ReAshore'd

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, July, 28 2019    

It premiered to rave reviews at Carifesta in Barbados last year, played in Jamaica in April of this year, and this weekend Quilt Performing Arts Company is remounting its work ReAshore'd at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at The University of the West Indies,... Read More

One more day

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter | Sunday, July, 28 2019    

The overwhelming response to Artwalk, the free monthly art and culture showcase held in downtown Kingston is pushing the organisers to increase the event two days per month. Read More


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