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.
Ian Fleming Airport looking west
Thanks again to contributor Pierre Diaz for this lovely photo from the edge.
Looking west to Palisadoes
Thanks to contributor Pierre Diaz for this photo from the edge.
“Better Mus’ Come” will make its UK television debut this coming weekend on BBC Two.
This is the first time in nearly 50 years that the BBC has licensed a Jamaican movie. Below is the broadcast schedule:
Better Mus’ Come – BBC Two: bbc.co.uk/programmes
Congrats to Director Storm Saulter and his team!
For more on “Better Mus Come” check out http://www.yardedge.net/interviews/yardedge-talks-to-storm-saulter-about-better-mus-come and our archives for lots more!
The Mona GeoInformatics Institute (MGI) is celebrating its 10 year anniversary in 2014, and its flagship product, JAMNAV, also celebrates its 5th Anniversary. As such, MGI is having a special Five10 Promotion for the entire year.
On May 10, 2014 MGI will be hosting Jamaica’s first GPS Treasure Hunt, in association with Stewarts Auto Sales, Jamaica Automobile Association, University of the West Indies and Watts New.
The Grand Prize will be a Garmin Nuvi 40 loaded with JAMNAV and USA Maps, along with several other Five10 MGI & JAMNAV Memorabilia, as well as products including gas vouchers, movie tickets, restaurant vouchers, phone cards and more!
Read more here treasurehunt register now.
MonaGIS serves as the GIS hub for the University of the West Indies Mona Campus.
In addition to serving the campus by delivering GIS courses for various departments and participating in campus research activities, MonaGIS provides GIS services to the public and private sectors.
MonaGIS can provide analyses, recommend detailed solutions, and design crucial components for any organization’s GIS needs.
MonaGIS is the only organization in Jamaica that can provide advanced geographic information science solutions.
The National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica (NYOJ) is planning a “Dream Tour” to Canada in August to expand the horizons of their incredible students.
Please visit their Crowd Funding site here: Canada Dream to make a donation to help make their Canada Dream tour a reality.
About Jamaica’s National Youth Orchestra
The NYOJ is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation that uses free classical music education as a tool to inspire, empower and enhance the lives of at-risk Jamaican youths.
In August, the NYOJ was invited by the Jamaican High Commissioner to travel to Canada and play for Jamaican Independence Day Celebrations in Canada’s Capital, Ottawa.
So after rigorous auditions, twenty-five NYOJ students have been chosen to make Jamaicans proud by touring Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, Canada in August 2014.
This tour will inspire, motivate and infuse hope into the lives of so many at-risk Jamaican youth, many of whom have never left the Island. I
t will be a life-changing experience by exposing the students to new possibilities, allowing them to learn the discipline and pride that come with an international tour and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Read here for more about how you can help!
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