Winners on high with Doctor Bird Awards

Observer writer

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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NINE stalwarts in their respective fields received the Mediamix Doctor Bird Award for Excellence in the Creative Industries in a 'short but sweet' ceremony at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday evening.

Lennie Little-White, conceptualiser of the awards, said the recipients have been making their contribution to Jamaica's creative sector.

“The nine people you feel the love from them and that for me is very important. They felt a kind of appreciation, 'cause plenty of them do work and dem go to them grave and nobody never shake them hand,” Lennie Little-White told the audience.

The awardees were: producer Gussie Clarke — Music; choreographer L'Antoinette Stines —Dance; Norma Rodney Harrack — Fine Arts; Mutabaruka — Written Word; Evan Williams — Architecture; Basil Dawkins — theatre; Natalie Thompson - Film and Television; Bill Edwards - Fashion; and Ian Randle - Pan Media (Publishing).

Rodney Harrack said it was a honour to be recognised.

“It is very important to be recognised by your country, by the industry,” She told the Jamaica Observer. “We are not in the forefront; we are cinderellas. We need to get more focus to be on the arts, because a lot of things are happening which are not reported, which people don't know of, especially for the younger people. They need to know these things to have examples to follow.”

Clarke, one of Jamaica's most successful music producers, said he was elated at the honour.

“Mi feel good! When your own people recognise you for things you just do without thinking about doing it for any praise, it is good,” he said.

J C Lodge's Telephone Love, Pass the Kutchie by the Mighty Diamonds, Gregory Isaacs's Rumours and Shabba Ranks's Mr Love Man, all bear Clarke's credits.

The guest speaker, Howard Mitchell, president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, spoke to the development of the industry as a contributor to the Jamaican economy.

First held in 1998, the Mediamix Doctor Bird Awards were last held 13 years ago. Little-White said he intends to make it an annual affair.

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