Little Ochi Seafood Restaurant, Alligator Pond, Manchester
So, I was wondering what the big deal was all about.
Little Ochi has been around for ages and I hadn’t been in years, so long ago I couldn’t remember if I really had ever been there.
It’s really off-the-beaten path for us Kingstonians and you kinda have to really want to go there.
Sea was really rough that day! Not for swimming.
Black sand typical of Jamaica’s south coast beaches
Pick your fish for lunch
According to their website, littleochie, ”Founded in 1989 by Evrol ‘Blackie’ Christian, Little Ochie has blossomed into one of Jamaica’s favourite eating haunts.What was formerly a one-man operation now employees well over 30 people from the local community…What started out as every seafood lovers secret place in Alligator Pond, Manchester, is now an internationally known ‘great place to eat’.
Well, suffice to say, it was worth the trip.
The food was amazing, both in quantity and quality.
We couldn’t finish the meal. We probably ordered way too much! I think we ordered fish, lobster, bammy, festival and green plantain.
It was all delicious and well worth the more than 30 minute wait (yes, that is a bit long).
The vibe is relaxed and quiet, although we went early so not sure how it would be later in the day and it probably gets crazy on public holidays.
Cost is extremely reasonable – I think our total bill for the two of us was about J$3-4,000 or less than US$40.
Check them out!
Jakes 20th Annual Off-Road Triathlon is coming up on April 18.
Voted among the Top 5 Off-Road Races in the World by Triathlete Magazine, the Jakes Triathlon is a one of a kind event, located as it is in Treasure Beach, on Jamaica’s south coast.
Treasure Beach is a string of quiet fishing villages located off the beaten track on Jamaica’s south coast. Now evolved into a community-based tourism destination, residents of Treasure Beach are involved in a variety of sustainable local development activities. Known as laid back and friendly, Treasure Beach is a unique Jamaican experience!
For more about Treasure Beach: Treasurebeach.tumblr and Treasurebeach.net
For more info see Jakeshotel.com/triathlon2015/
See YardEdge interview with Jim Curl, event organizer: YardEdge talks to Jim Curl
Looks yummy to me!
I think I’ll have to go check it out and report back. Stay tuned…
Beach Jouvert, Jamaica Carnival
There’s so much happening in Jamaica this year!
I bet you’ll be surprised to learn about the number of festivals and events held in Jamaica every year!
According to our Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook, “Jamaica has a fantastic yearlong calendar of festivals and events. These activities include world-class food, music and sporting events.”
The following are some of the festivals and events happening in Jamaica in 2015. For more info see http://www.visitjamaica.com/
We’ll try to keep this updated so check back for new additions!
• Accompong Maroon Festival (Accompong, St. Elizabeth, January 6): Celebrated by the Maroons of Western Jamaica, Maroons are descendants of runaway slaves. Involves traditional singing, dancing, ceremonies.
• Annual Rebel Salute (Priory, St. Ann, January 16 – 17): Rebel Salute is a popular roots reggae show. Starting out as a concert to celebrate the birthday of reggae icon Tony Rebel, Rebel Salute has captured the adoration of roots reggae lovers worldwide, pulling thousands of people to experience a live music festival. It serves a strict vegetarian menu complimented by a diet of cultural roots rap. In tandem with this, is the concept of a drug-free, violence-free and non-alcoholic event.
• Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival (Trelawny, January 29 – 31): This world-class event is known for bringing a fantastic line-up of international and Jamaican artists to the stage. http://jamaicajazzandblues.com/
• Reggae Month, (Kingston, February 1 – 28): Reggae Month highlights the impact of reggae on the island’s social, cultural and economic development. Organized by The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA), Reggae Month includes a wide array of events, including concerts, festivals and seminars that showcase the true essence of Jamaican music. http://www.jariajamaica.com/reggae-month/
• Bob Marley Birthday Celebrations (Kingston, February 6 – 7): Bob Marley’s birthday celebrations will take place at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston on February 6. Activities will include symposiums on reggae and reggae jam sessions with Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid and Nomaddz. The Bob Marley Foundation will host a concert on Kingston’s waterfront on February 7 with the Marley brothers and other local artists performing. Both events are free to the http://www.bobmarleymuseum.com/
• Kingston City Run (Kingston, March 15): The Kingston City Run promises to be a weekend of pure adrenaline and fun with two race events (a half marathon and 5k race/walk) and other festivities around the city. http://kingstoncityrun.com/
• Style Week Jamaica/Fashion-Block (Kingston, May 19 – 24): Style Week Jamaica and the blockbuster, internationally acclaimed Fashion-Block have become major events on the Jamaican entertainment/fashion calendar. The after parties, VIP cocktail receptions, seminars, supermodels and glamorous runway shows, appeal to fashionistas from around the world.
Bacchanal Jamaica (Kingston, various events) Jamaica Carnival also known as Bacchanal Jamaica officially starts in February and culminates with Jouvert on April 10 and the Road March on April 12. http://bacchanaljamaica.com/events/
Jakes Annual Off Road Triathlon (Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth – April 18). Did you know that Jake’s Triathlon was rated as one of the Top Five Global Off-Road Triathlon from Triathlete Magazine in 2010?http://www.jakeshotel.com/triathlon2015/
• Jamaica International Ocho Rios Jazz Festival (islandwide, June 7 – 14): The festival will offer a week of great music, top entertainment and community participation. On the lineup are international performers from Europe, the United States and the Caribbean along with renowned Jamaican jazz artists. http://www.ochoriosjazz.com/
• Caribbean Fashion Week (Kingston, June 9 – 15): Recognized as the Caribbean’s top fashion and style event, Caribbean Fashion Week is held each year in Kingston. It features renowned designers and emerging talent showcasing their collections. http://www.caribbeanfashionweek.com/
• International Reggae Day (island-wide, July 1): On July 1, visitors can celebrate all things reggae in Jamaica where the musical genre was born. http://www.ireggaeday.com/
• Portland Jerk Festival (Portland, July 5): Portland is the home of jerk, and its Portland Jerk Festival showcases all things jerk. Participants are treated to a feast of jerk lobster, fish, chicken and pork. Activities include performances from local artists and community dance groups, arts and craft displays, a merry-go-round and face painting.
• Reggae Sumfest (Montego Bay, July 12 – 18): An anticipated annual reggae festival, Reggae Sumfest showcases the best talents in roots, rock and reggae music from both Jamaican and international performers. It’s the greatest reggae show on earth! www.reggaesumfest.com
• Little Ochie Seafood Carnival (Manchester, July 12): The Little Ochie Seafood Carnival is a celebration of the wide array of culinary delights available on the south side of the island. Little Ochie restaurant is nestled on the rugged beachfront of a quaint South Coast fishing village called Alligator Pond. Top local reggae musicians and vintage artists are featured along with excellent cuisine and a non-stop party. www.littleochie.com
• Mobay Jerk Festival (Montego Bay, August 1): This food festival is an excellent opportunity for visitors to enjoy jerk cuisine in Montego Bay. www.montegobayjerkfestival.com
• Reggae Marathon (Negril, December 5): This marathon, half marathon and 10k race are Jamaica’s premier international marathon event with sport enthusiasts converging on Negril for a fun event with good vibes and reggae music at each mile. www.reggaemarathon.com
Black River, Maggotty
According to the Lonely Planet, “Maggotty is a forgettable town with an unforgettable name, laid out on a bend of the Black River at the western end of the Siloah Valley.
It thinks of itself as a sleepy regional center, but it can also be a viable base for exploring YS Falls and the Appleton Rum Estate. Plus, Maggotty is the closest base for trips into the Black River Gorge, a rocky rent in the jungle speckled with 28 pretty waterfalls and intermittent natural swimming pools.
The name, by the way, can be attributed to the missionary Rev John Hutch, who named Maggotty after his English birthplace”.
The sleepy town of Maggotty, St. Elizabeth, on the edge of the Cockpit Country (see the “cockpits” in the distance?)
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/jamaica/southern-jamaica/maggotty#ixzz3PKZFrbSN
Apple Valley Park, Maggotty, St. Elizabeth – worth a visit for sure!
Maggotty is home to the Apple Valley Park, one of the hidden gems in Maggotty. The park features an 18th-century home, a manicured lake, an artificial pool and a forest reserve that stretches to the Black River Gorge. You can kayak, paddleboat, hike or just relax!
This 169-hectare family nature park is not open all the time so check first.
Old train station in Maggotty, St. Elizabeth
Kids swimming in pool at Apple Valley Park, Maggotty, St. Elizabeth
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/jamaica/southern-jamaica/maggotty/sights/parks-gardens/apple-valley-park-3-1425035#ixzz3PKaOH5Su
Local Maggotty resident who makes his own fruit wines! He’s got quite a selection there and samples are complimentary!
Renown Jamaican author, Pamela Mordecai will be reading from her collection of poetry, Subversive Sonnets, this Saturday at 2pm at Bookland, 53 Knutsford Blvd.
Ms. Mordecai hasn’t read in Jamaica since 2001!
See Subversive Sonnets for an interview with Pamela Mordecai.
The smash hit kung-fu movie mash-up “Ching Pow” featuring the voice talents of dancehall duo Twin of Twins in various roles, begins an extended run at select venues across this island come Thursday at its initial “home”, Theatre Place in New Kingston.
After renewing its Jamaican run as of October 30th (through Nov 2nd) and at the Portmore Mall, St Catherine, the movie heads to the Cove in Ocho Rios, St Ann. Among the other towns confirmed to date are Montego Bay, Lucea and Savanna La Mar. The film will in fact be on screens through the end of this year, and the producers have also advised that during December, the screenings will be complimented by appearances from leading dancehall artistes as special guests.
Director-producer Bruce Hart said that the aim was always to have the film circulated as widely as possible, beginning with the home audience. “We know that this picture has something to say that many can relate to, we have the currency of the dancehall, we have humour, action and music, and we believe those elements are what have made it such an in-demand movie.” Hart added that efforts were ongoing to get the movie screened beyond Jamaica.
“Ching Pow” was a runaway success during its initial run at Theatre Place, with audiences packing the house to capacity just about every night of screening. Drawing from a late-80s trilogy called “Ninja Death” the film’s premise is of Jamaicans, fed up with the social injustice and economic hardship on the island, taking on the visage of Oriental avatars. There unfolds a classic kung fu story of betrayal, family twists and, of course, high-voltage karate action.
The film has also earned rave reviews, not only from audience members, several of whom returned multiple times during the initial run, as well as from the media, including a glowing review in the UK Guardian and several movie blogs.
Persons are being encouraged to reserve their tickets online at www.ChingPow.com, with a special Ching Pow Pak, including promotional items such as Slam Condoms and King of Kings Rolling Papers, going to early bookers (on a first come basis).
Ching Pow is for mature audiences, owing to the nature of the content (language, violence and sexual situations and references).
For more info see www.chingpow.com
Check out this interview by the Wall Street Journal with Jamaican writer Marlon James on his novel, ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings.’
According to the WSJ, “The book is a fictional, kaleidoscopic take on the 1976 assassination attempt on reggae star Bob Marley and its aftermath.”
READ MORE: AT WSJ
For more on Marlon James on YardEdge:
Marlon James interviewed on his new book
Marlon James Releases Second Novel
If you’re ever in Albert Town, Trelawny looking for a great Jamaican breakfast, ask for Ms. Sandra in the town square.
Her breakfast menu includes Jamaican breakfast food favourites such ackee and salt fish, stewed chicken, with lots of locally grown Trelawny yam and banana!
After a long and successful film festival circuit, the New Caribbean Cinema film finally makes its debut in Jamaica with a one night only event slated for August 13 at the Carib Cinema.
The film comprising 7 short stories by 6 different directors has made the rounds regionally and internationally at venues such as the British Film Institute, Tribeca Cinemas, World Cinema Amsterdam, the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, and most recently in St. Kitts and Nevis courtesy of the twin island’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
The film features a diverse cast of actors, from the legendary Winston ‘Bello’ Bell, Karen Harriot, and Volier Johnson to the celebrated American actor Roger Guenveur Smith and a burgeoning new wave of Jamaican talent such as Chris Hutchinson, Raquel Jones, Ricardo Orgill, and Sheldon Shepherd and Oneil Peart of the Nomaddz.
The heart pumping music of Raging Fyah is also featured in the project, alongside music by the legendary artist Ken Boothe, all united by an original score composed by Seretse Small.
Ranging from comedic, to moody to stories of heartbreak and loss, the themes of this mosaic of Jamaican stories are as varied as its creators.
The directors Joel Burke, Michael Ras Tingle Tingling, Kyle Chin, Nile and Storm Saulter and Michelle Serieux have all brought their differences and individual styles as filmmakers to bear on this groundbreaking collaborative work.
“Audiences worldwide have been inspired by our effort, its all been a labour of love, from the crews who worked for us for free and the actors who took advantage of this opportunity to shine” said the film’s producers Storm Saulter and Michelle Serieux. “We are really happy to finally show audiences what is possible with hard work, passion and commitment.”
“For us Ring Di Alarm represents the burgeoning possibilities even in the most challenging of economic conditions. We want audiences, especially young people to come out and see this work, be entertained and inspired. We want them to know that with little resources and a lot of dedication, they can set out to achieve their goals, one step at a time.”
Tickets are available at Base Kingston in Manor Park at a price of JA $1500.
Here’s an interview with Jamaican artist, Joavan Puran of Phine Line Studios.
Phine Line is located in Hope Bay, Portland, right on the main road to Port Antonio.
They have a cool collection of locally designed t-shirts, other clothing and jewellery.
Joavan is a past student of the Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts.
You can follow Joavan at twitter.com/phine2Dline
Check them out. Worth a stop.
Tamara Thomas Dance shares with us about her upcoming show Stolen From Africa.
Don’t miss this exciting evening of dance!
Edna Manley – School of Dance
Friday July 4 and Saturday July 5
$1000 for admission
Tamara Thomas Dance presents Overcoming Inertia – an evening of dance.
The show itself is a presentation of the work of dancer/choreographer, Tamara Thomas and proves to be an exciting sharing of movement, fundamentally engaging an African standpoint.
WHERE: Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts – School of Dance Studio Theatre, 1 Arthur Wint Drive
WHEN: Friday July 5 – Show and Post Show Talk Back @ 7 ($1,000) & Saturday July – Show and Post Show Talk Back/Reception @ 7 ($1,500)
For more information you can call 467-7910 or visit: tamarathomasdance.wix.com/tamarathomasdance and facebook.com/TamaraThomasDance
The Ward Theatre as we know it was built in 1912 and is the third theatre to stand on the same site since 1775.
It stands as a Jamaican landmark and a showcase for the nation’s culture. Its mission is to function as a civic & cultural centre thus providing a home for the development and exposition of the Performing Arts. Unfortunately however it has been closed to the public for a number of years as it is in need of repairs.
KOTE 2014 intends to bring public awareness to this heritage site by fostering community and national unity through the medium of Performing Arts.
There will be a KOTE concert to be held this Sunday June 22 at 4pm is $1500 ($500 for students with ID and Children under 12 yrs).
Following the KOTE Volunteer Community Cleanup (June 14-15), the space has been brought into a “useable” condition. While there is no doubt renovation needed on the building, this event intends to re-introduce Ward Theatre and its cultural importance to the General Public and revitalize a restoration campaign for the building.
For the KOTE Concert, they will be showcasing live music, theatre and dance performance including the following nine (9) groups/people:
1. ALPHA BOYS SCHOOL ORCHESTRA
A non-profit vocational school serving at risk boys 8 and 18 years old. Founded in 1880, Alpha has been administered since 1890 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, a catholic order of nuns. Of the vocations taught, music has been the most prolific. Alpha boys have influenced the direction of jazz, ska, reggae and dancehall worldwide. The celebrated careers of jazzmen Jo Jo Harriot and Dizzy Reece, ska pioneers the Skatalites, roots reggae vocalist Leroy Smart and dancehall deejay Winston Foster, aka Yellowman, all began at Alpha. In the words of The Telegraph (UK), Alpha Boys School “helped release the spirit of one of the most musical islands in the world.”
2. A TALE IN FOUR performed by The Moder-Ashbourne Gang
Rosina Christina Moder – Recorder
Peter Ashbourne – Piano & Violin
Joel Moder-Ashbourne – Piano
Jeremy Moder-Ashbourne – Drums
Jamaican born Edna Manley professor/composer/performer Peter Ashbourne OD will be joined by his wife, Austrian composer/performer and executive director of the Music Unites Jamaica Foundation Rosina Moder. Together they will be joined by their sons Jeremy and Joel Ashbourne to complete their showing as one of the most musical families in Jamaica.
3. CELLO PERFORMANCE by Cat Coore
4. TROVA by Luis Felipe Bellorín
Acclaimed Venezuelan Poet, songwriter, compositor, essayist and academic will be performing Trova music which is one of teh great roots of Cuban music.
5. RELATIONSHITS by Jean Small
Internationally respected Guyanese professor Dr. Jean Small has taken to writing directing and acting in solo performances on issues of the human condition. In this piece created specifically for KOTE 2014 she highlights the dynamics of relationships. Symbolized by the meeting of the thumb and the index finger in the expectation of creating a new shape which in reality makes zero.
6. LIFE by Fabian Thomas
Fabian is a theatre practitioner, writer and, through Sankofa Arts and Facilitation, a trainer and communications consultant. These spoken word performance pieces focus on the balancing act called life and are written & performed by him.
7. STREET MEETS STUDIO : Relationships: Time, Space, Music, People
Choreography: Kerry-Ann Henry, Neisha-yen Jones and Bullet Proof Clique
Music: Neisha-yen Jones, Ewan Simpson, Kerry-Ann Henry & Tafani Buschaecab.
Accompanists: Henry Miller, Kevan Douglas, Jordache Jones, Tafani Buschaecab
Artistic Director: Kerry-Ann Henry
Kerry-Ann Henry is currently the Director (acting) of the School of Dance at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Ballet Mistress for the National Dance Theatre Company, NDTC, Artistic Director for Street Meets Studio, and founding member of EdTTech Jamaica.
Street Meets Studio is a performance based company that investigates how ‘street’ styles/performances and art are influenced by and/or dissected by the space, setting, rules of engagement and protocols of what is considered Studio/Studio Practice. Artists include writers, dancers, musicians, actors, visual artists and theatre technicians and will rotate as the nature of the project changes.
8. Dub Poetry by Randy McClaren
dub poets/actors/musical group that combine theatricality with witty musicality. They are the recipients of Prime Minister Youth Awards 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and the only group to win perfect 10 in JCDC.
Kingston on the Edge (KOTE), the largest visual and performing arts festival in the English speaking Caribbean, will kick off its 7th iteration on Friday the 20th of June, at Redbones Blues Cafe.
The festival, which features the latest work by some of Kingston’s leading painters, sculptors, dancers, dramatists, performance artists, poets and musicians (among others); will be a nine day long exploration of the artistic spirit of Kingston, one of the world’s famous cities.
The theme of this year’s KOTE festival is “Balance”, and participants have been invited to interpret the theme as they see fit, with a view to creating an open conversation about what is an issue of central importance to us all.
As usual, KOTE takes place in a wide variety of venues and spaces, from the seaside to the mountains, providing a reminder of the multiplicity of possible experiences in our city.
Particularly exciting for the organizers (and many others, based on the response) is the KOTE event at the Ward Theatre, on Sunday, June the 22nd. Part of ongoing efforts to revitalize the Ward Theatre in particular, and downtown in general; the event presents a mix of classical, jazz, ska and modern music, with dance, drama and performance art as well.
The event at the Ward is a good microcosm of the festival as a whole; providing, as it does, a space for different art forms and artists to meet, influence and combine with each other; a necessary part of a healthy artistic process.
KOTE 2014 will last nine days, from the 20th the 29th of June, and more information will be available at http://www.kingstonontheedge.org/, on the festival’s Facebook page, on Twitter and also in traditional media.
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