Explore Jamaica’s Cockpit Country.
Inviting one and all to a Cockpit Country Nature Walk for the Birds, Sunday, December 8th, at Stewart Town, Trelawny.
This is a fundraiser for Seven Oaks Sanctuary for Wildlife.
For more information please contact Wendy Ann Lee at SOS-Wildlife@cwjamaica.com.
For more about the Cockpit Country see:
Here’s the new TV ad from JTB featuring a modern remix of a Jamaican classic, ‘One Love’.
‘One Love’ by Bob Marley has been the “theme song” of Jamaica’s tourism product for many years but this new ad gives the song a modern feel.
I like the idea of leveraging Jamaica’s iconic reggae sound and DJ culture but think the ad could have a stronger emotional appeal/punch.
What do you think?
Seems everyone has #Tessanne fever. And it’s not just Jamaicans, here’s what Joey Guerra from blog.chron.com has to say:
“Tessanne Chin: Team Adam. “Many Rivers to Cross.” And then this happens. Tessanne sings. No one else matters. Tessanne has a rich, soulful, soaring voice. Perfection from start to finish. She’s convicted and emotional and regal. So, so, so good.”
For a round-up of what’s happening now on The Voice, read more here: blog.chron.com
For more about Tessanne see facebook.com/TessanneMusic and nbc.com/the-voice/artists/tessanne-chin
The goal of the Back2Life project is to equip detained juveniles with skills, knowledge and support that will help them to manage their lives during detainment and after they leave to reduce or eliminate the chance of re-offending.
The main aspect of the programme is mentoring.
100 male volunteers will mentor the boys with the intention of providing a positive male role model for these young men to provide guidance, encouragement and support.
For more information see back2lifejamaica
Join the two Rousseau sisters, Suzanne and Michelle, as they travel Jamaica, interviewing personalities and exploring unique tastes and sites.
This week, they visit Clifton Mount Estate and get a first hand experience of what goes into Jamaica’s renowned Blue Mountain coffee.
“Two Sisters and a Meal”…. there’s really no better way to sum up our life history — why you may ask?
Go to: 2sistersandameal.com
Here is a short documentary produced by The Creators Project on Jamaican artist, Astro Saulter and his art and backstory.
The Creators Project is an ongoing global arts and technology initiative created by Intel and Vice in order to support visionary artists, musicians, and filmmakers who are using technology to push the bounds of creative expression.
Here’s an excerpt from the blog post by The Ceators Project:
“Born in a different era, digital artist Astro Saulter’s life could have easily taken a radically different path. Without the emergence of design tools like Inkscape and Macromedia Freehand, Saulter, born with cerebral palsy, might have been unable to do what he loves best. With limited mobility, the Jamaican-born innovator has been saved from a life without creation by the use of a system called EZ-Keys, which allows him to use a head switch on the back of his wheelchair to engage his computer hands-free. Through the vectorscape capabilities of Inkscape, the 34-year-old artist can design a range of shapes and patterns, producing works that add to the broader art dialogue, and take part in the digitized aesthetic that’s become so hugely popular internationally. Above, the artist at home in Negril, Jamaica explains how he creates his pieces, and what it means to him to be able to express himself through this digital medium. Read more at thecreatorsproject.vice.com
Here’s more about Astro and his art on YardEdge.
Come on down! Says Steve Urchin Wilson as he basks in the Portland sunshine at the newly renovated Trident Hotel.
The flagship hotel of Jon Baker’s Geejam Collection, Trident is a vision of contemporary luxury.
Boasting spectacular views of Portland’s coastline, Trident features a hip modernist design and five star amenities.
The destination of choice for the world’s rich and famous, Trident has been completely renovated and is now part of the Geejam Collection.
For more on the new Trident Hotel see their website.
And for more on what to do in Portland check out: 10 Absolutely Must do things in Portland Part 1 & Part-2
Here’s a film by Jamaican film maker, Esther Figueroa.
Here’s what Esther has to say about the film, “In view of the planned trans-shipment port slated to be built and owned by the Chinese in the Portland Bight Protected Area off the south coast of Jamaica (jamaicaobserver.com/news/Officials-insist-Goat-Islands-must-be-protected) you might want to watch my latest environmental short “I live for Art – An Ecocide Romance” about the first Government of Jamaica-Chinese infrastructure project, the Palisadoes Shoreline Protection and Rehabilitation Works Project.
“I Live for Art” contains three years of documentary footage of the transformation of the Palisadoes tombolo, from the launch of the road works project to its “completion” in breach of the environmental clauses of the contract.
“I Live for Art” premiered in June at the Kingston on the Edge Short Film Festival.
Please share, spread the word and get involved.
MORE ABOUT THE FILM FROM THE FILM MAKER
“I Live for Art – An Ecocide Romance” is a twelve minute video by Esther Figueroa (Vagabond Media) about the Palisadoes Shoreline Rehabilitation and Protection Works Project in Jamaica, that began in 2010 and ran out of money in 2013 ending in breach of the environmental requirements of the project.
Funded via a loan to the Jamaican Government from the China Development Bank with the contract going to China Habour Engineering Company Ltd. the actual cost of the approximately 4 kilometers of road works is estimated at $70 million US dollars which is over $70 Billion JA dollars.
This does not include repayment of the loan.
One wonders if this is the most sensible use of funds in an impoverished and indebted country like Jamaica.
Palisadoes which is supposed to be protected under the local National Resources Conservation Act and the international Ramsar Convention that designates Palisadoes as a Wetland of International Importance has been stripped of almost all naturally protective elements – the sand dunes, plant cover and mangroves – which have been substituted with tons of rocks dug up from riverbeds and hillsides and along with concrete placed on both sides of the Palisadoes strip.
Nature has been “protected” from nature.
The Jamaican Folk Singers presents its 2013 Concert Season at The Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue – Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15, 2013.
It’s entertainment for the entire family!
Join the Jamaican Folk Singers as they pay tribute to their founder, Dr. Olive Lewin, in Tribute and Celebration.
Patrons will be treated to the excitement of children’s games and the life lessons to be learned through the playing of the games and will also experience the drama of court proceedings where all matters are addressed – no exceptions!
The Jamaican Folk Singers, which was founded in 1967 by Dr. Olive Lewin, has strived through the years to remain true to its mission, which includes unearthing and exposing the beauty and artistic worth of Jamaica’s folk music heritage. It has been 45 years of overcoming challenges and helping to keep alive the folk foundations of Jamaica’s music, being a bridge between the senior citizens who have nurtured the values and lore of old Jamaica and the youth who are the hope and architects of tomorrow.
The Jamaican Folk Singers began as a group of friends who were invited by Olive Lewin to share her enthusiasm for Jamaica’s folk music, which developed with her experience in collecting and researching Jamaica’s folk music. From the group’s first public performance until now, there is focus on maintaining respect for our traditions and for the people who have kept them alive.
With a repertoire of over 200 songs arranged by Dr. Olive Lewin, the group has sung to enthusiastic audiences in Jamaica and several other countries including Martinique, Barbados, Cuba, Mexico, USA, Germany, Canada, Great Britain, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina.
Over the years, the group has arranged Island tours – giving free performances in markets, schools, church halls and town centres across the island. These tours have been referred to by members as some of the most rewarding experiences – being welcomed by Jamaicans in the nooks and crannies of the island.
The 2013 Concert Season presents another opportunity for the group to use Jamaica’s folk music and its messages to uplift Jamaica whilst highlighting some of the values of “old Jamaica”, with the music encouraging respect and understanding among people of different backgrounds.
The Season is scheduled for September 13 to 15 at The Little Theatre, with shows on Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 6pm. Tickets are available at The Little Theatre, Tom Redcam Avenue; Music Mart, South Avenue and Monarch Pharmacy, Sovereign Centre.
The Jamaican Folk Singers operates with a belief that music greatly helped our forefathers cope with the realities of their harsh living conditions without becoming excessively bitter, and believe that today it can continue to bring and hold people together.
Join the Jamaican Folk Singers on the musical journey to keep alive the foundations of Jamaica’s folk music culture.
Check out Sammy, the Jamaican dog, from Goats in the Road, rolling over and over and over…
I found this hilarious and too cute!
Do you have any cool photos of Jamaican animals you want to share?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Jamaican animals” in the subject!
Check out this hilarious video poking fun at the way us Yardies speak!
Be warned – it’s a bit raunchy, but then I guess some of us are…
Hellshire fish anyone?
Here are a few shots I took at the recently held Kingston Kitchen, Jamaica’s premier food festival.
Once again a great yummy time was had by all despite the longish lines…
For more photos and info on Kingston Kitchen see their Facebook page
This ‘night kitchen’ attracted a large crowd.
A great event for Jamaican food brands to promote themselves.
Nutella crepe from Tea Tree Creparie.
Some delicious pastries were on offer.
Crepes from Tea Tree Creparie? They had smoked marlin and ham and cheese crepes, as well as crepes with Nutella!
Steve Urchin dipping marshmallows in Chocolate Dreams chocolate…Yum!
Hellshire fried fish.
GUNGO WALK - World Alternative Music & Arts Festival 2013 will be held on August 24, 2013, starting at 10am featuring Joy Mechanics in association with Edna Manley College.
The festival will beheld at the Edna Manley College campus, 1 Arthur Wint Drive.
Gungo Walk is an eclectic explosion of music, art, dance, poetry, food, film and so much more.
This one day festival will have performances from Sky Grass, Black As Cole, Stephanie, Mystikal Revolution, Charmaine Limonious, Robot Taxi, Ashe, Janine Jkuhl, Tableaux, Earthcry, Tribe Sankofa, Sons Of Liberty and more on its three stages.
The signature event “Armchair Rebelution” will have performances from Michael Sean Harris, Cherine Anderson, Sherieta, Chevaughn and Prince Levy.
Other attractions include: a vendor marketplace; food, art, jewellery, clothing, skin care. and more.
There will also be art installations, dance and photography workshops, poetry, film, a kids village and a new addition – a healing village with massage therapy, reike, yoga and meditation.
For all media related inquiries please contact
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Bowden Pen Farmers Association presents “Ancestral Memories, A Valley Sinting” in honour of our African Ancestors.
Immerse yourself in nature, the sights, sounds and taste of Freedom.
When: Emancipation Day August 1, 2013
At Ambassabeth Cabins
Bowden Pen, Upper Rio Grande Valley – Portland/St. Thomas
10:00 a.m. to Midnight
· Rock to pulsating & syncopated rhythms of Kumina Drums
· Mento Band & Vintage sounds
· Surprise guest artistes/cultural ambassadors and Cherry Natural / Poet
Traditional Foods that sustained the ancestors on sale
Adm: Spirit of love
For overnight accommodation call 462 8163 or
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more on Bowden Pen and the Ambassabeth Eco Cabins.
Green Lion’s innovative reggae dubstep project, the Rough Road Riddim, featuring Jahdan Blakkamoore, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Dre Island, Zamunda and Cronsyncro is out today.
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Award-winning producer Zeke Stern, aka Green Lion, responsible for OkayPlayer/LargeUp’s #5 Top UK Dancehall Tune in 2012 (“We Run England” performed by Mr Williamz) connects the pop music trends of reggae, dubstep, dub and dancehall on the Rough Road Riddim. Including some of the most acclaimed reggae and bass music vocalists of our time—Jahdan Blakkamoore (whose colabs with Major Lazer in 2011 and Snoop Dogg in 2013 compliment his iTunes Reggae Album of the Year awards—in 2008 for Take Charge with his band Noble Society and 2009 for the solo release Buzzrock Warrior), Chronixx (Major Lazer recording artist), Kabaka Pyramid (Billboard Magazine’s #1 ‘Next Big Sound’ in May 2013), Dre Island, Zamunda and Cron Syncro—the Rough Road captures a unique generational milestone in both music and message. Green Lion’s previous releases include the More Spiritual Riddim (#1 on Reggae-Vibes, #1 on Hot N Fresh, “A Future Classic.”-Music Is My Sanctuary) and “Come Down” performed by Billboard-charting recording artist Collie Buddz (featured on Hip Hop superstar’s website thisis50.com and included on Collie Buddz’ 2010 Playback EP). The cover art for the project was created by Jamaican visual artist, Taj Francis.
- Green Lion Crew - Rough Road
- Green Lion
- Soul of the Lion Records
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