Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sumfest, a success -- Jamaica Observer

http://www.reggaesumfest.com

Sumfest, a success
Cecelia Campbell-Livingston
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
ROBERT RUSSELL praised most of the top acts on the July 21-27 show for quality performances, pointing out that the arrest of three persons for smoking on Dancehall Night was "one little damper on the spirits". He added: "It kinda killed the vibe a little." According to Russell, many patrons complained that the event was held outdoors which allowed them to 'light up' without being penalised under the Government's no-smoking-ban which has been in effect since July 15. Russell says it is too early to comment on how well the show did financially. "We still don't know as we haven't completed the ticket tabulations and accounts. I believe that we will be showing a profit." Production-wise, Russell was also pleased:
"We improve a little each year, this year the light and sounds were phenomenal... Dancehall Night saw few band changes as one band backed most of the artistes. All in all it, was tremendous." -- Robert Russell, Reggae Sumfest www.reggaesumfest.com
Reggae Sumfest's 21st edition saw top-notch performances from American R&B singer Miguel, American hip hop artiste Flo' Rida, as well as singers Jah Cure, Chronixx, Beres Hammond and Grammy-winning singjay Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley. Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sumfest--a-success_14788305. For further information: http://www.reggaesumfest.com/2013/index.php/en/, https://www.facebook.com/ReggaeSumfest, http://www.reggaeville.com/nc/festival-details/festival/reggae-sumfest-2013/ac/festivalLineup.html and https://www.facebook.com/itsioctanesiiick


Exhibition: "SHADES OF PASSION" at the Walton Gallery ENDS on July 31, 2013 -- Petersburg VA, USA

Exhibition: "Shade of Passion" www.waltongallery.com
Exhibition: "SHADES OF PASSION" at the Walton Gallery ENDS on July 31, 2013 from 5pm to 8pm -- Petersburg VA, USA; ENDS on July 31, 2013 ; Location: WALTON GALLERY; Street: 17 N. SYCAMORE ST.; City/Town: PETERSBURG, VA 23803; Phone: 804-732-2475; Event Type: art, show; Organized By: WALTON GALLERY INC.; Event Description - "SHADES OF PASSION" OPENING RECEPTION: JUNE 22, 2013 FROM 5PM TO 8PM, SHOW CONTINUES THROUGH JULY 31, 2013; SHOW ARTIST: DUANE CREGGER, DANA FROSTICK, MARK PEHANICH AND KARL McINTOSH; GALLERY HOURS: THUR & FRI 3PM - 6PM & SAT 12PM - 2PM. For further information: http://www.waltongallery.com/. Related article: http://progress-index.com/lifestyles/gallery-s-anniversary-show-a-success-1.1478583.


Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Andrew Salkey

Andrew Salkey (30 January 1928 - 28 April 1995) was a novelist, poet, freelance writer and journalist of Jamaican and Haitian origin. Salkey was born in Panama but was raised in Jamaica. He died in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he had been teaching. After completing his basic education in Jamaica, Salkey came to England in the early 1950s to attend the University of London. His first novel, A Quality of Violence , was published in 1955. According to Stuart Hall, Salkey "quickly took his place at the centre of a small but outstanding circle of Caribbean writers and intellectuals. For a critical period he was the key figure, the main presenter and writer-in-residence in the Caribbean section of the BBC World Service at Bush House, London, and his programmes became a glittering showcase for a generation of writers, including Sam Selvon and George Lamming, who had made London their second home. Established and aspiring authors were chivvied, cajoled, gently chastised, inspired and schooled to produce new work for radio on the Caribbean Voices programme over which Andrew Salkey often presided. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/wiki/Andrew_Salkey/ref=ntt_at_bio_wiki

This is a review for Escape to an Autumn Pavement (Caribbean Modern Classics) by Andrew Salkey - Book Description: A brave and pioneering treatment of sexual identity in Caribbean literature, this novel, first published in 1960, follows the fortunes of Johnnie Sobert, a Jamaican exile who works in London at a club that caters to black American servicemen. In flight from his dominant, possessive mother, he immerses himself in the bohemian Soho scene and adopts a wisecracking persona as a cover for his deep-seated insecurities. Adding to Johnnie’s confusion is the fact that when he is not at work, he navigates a completely different life in Hempstead, where he lives in a bedsitter and carries on an unsatisfying affair with his white landlady, Fiona. These two worlds provide a lively portrait of Britons reacting to the growing presence of blacks and Asians in their neighborhoods, and Johnnie takes lessons from each place. By the time he finally decides to move in with his gay friend, Dick, he is much better equipped with self-awareness—but he has yet to make a decision about where his desires truly lie. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1845230981/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=carijour-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=1845230981&adid=1R6V7X08BETMDKQQFMF6

This is a review for Earthquake (Caribbean Modern Classics) by Andrew Salkey - (Book Description: Ricky Thomas, his brother Doug, and his sister Polly spend their summer holidays in the coffee walk surrounding their grandparents’ country home in Dallas, Jamaica. Above the children the leaves of the mango and coffee trees are drying, the thin asphalt is becoming syrupy beneath their feet, and the atmosphere is electric with the sun’s heat. While Ricky scouts for an observation platform for his imaginary island, the siblings feel the earth itself move beneath them. Is it part of their vivid imaginations, or is it the sign of a coming earthquake? Read more: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1845231821/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=carijour-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=1845231821&adid=0FQ9C9RGTJ2WN86R7QQX


This is a review for Breaklight: Anthology of Caribbean Poetry by Andrew Salkey - I checked this book out of the library, not knowing what the contents would be like. I had plenty of expectations: poems about the tropical landscape, life in the sun and the sea, maybe a few lines hearkening back to the days of piracy. What I got was something entirely different. This book, published in 1972, is about the often harsh realities of life as a person of color living in the Caribbean, a colonized culture. It’s about exiles living in colder climes remembering home. It’s about being looked down on because of an accent as well as skin color. It’s about farming, and Toussaint, and ancestors. There is a lot of music in these poems, references to calypso, to the Blues, to drums. . . Without coming out and saying it, these poems present the Caribbean as a musical place. Most of all, these poems educate me, as all great literature educates. I have been given a long, intimate look into the hearts, minds, and souls of people who I never really knew existed, and I am enriched and troubled by what I have seen. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Breaklight-poetry-Caribbean-Andrew-Salkey/product-reviews/0385052650/ref=sr_1_20_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Monday, July 29, 2013

Artist Julia Coash's Exhibition: “Rum Jungle” ENDS on Monday, July 29, 2013 at Masterworks — Bermuda, West Indies

Exhibition: “Rum Jungle” ENDS July 29, 2013 www.bermudamasterworks.com/
Exhibition: “Rum Jungle” ENDS July 29, 2013
Masterworks Gallery — Bermuda, West Indies
The Exhibition: “Rum Jungle” featuring new work by Artist Julia A. Coash's official opening reception was on Friday, July 19 from 5:30 to 7pm. Artist Julia A. Coash also gave a lecture about her work in the Masterworks Gallery on Thursday, July 11 from 12:15pm to 1:30pm, and will teach a painting workshop open to all at the Museum on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 from 10am to 2:30pm. The show ends on Monday, July 29, 2013.For more information contact Robyn Hooper on 299-4000, or visit www.bermudamasterworks.com.
About the Artist: "Ms. Coash, who has been here in residence with the Masterworks Foundation since May, taught art and art history some years ago at Bermuda College, where she was the recipient of a Distinguished Teacher’s Award. During that time she was also very active in the local art scene, curating and judging shows at the Bermuda National Gallery, Bermuda Society of the Arts, Bermuda College, and the Bermuda Art Centre at Dockyard. She frequently exhibited her work on the island and was included in the 2004 Bacardi Biennial at BNG and her work graces the walls of local museums, corporations, and local collections." -- www.bermudamasterworks.com/
Ms. Coash is currently a Professor of Art and Art History and the Co-Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Albertus Magnus Collge in New Haven, Connecticut. She has also held teaching positions at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, Bradford College, and Wabash College. She has exhibited her work in Bermuda, Paris, Cairo and throughout the United States and is represented by galleries in New York City, Louisville and Los Angeles. For further information: http://www.bermudamasterworks.com/artist-discussion-demystifying-abstraction/ and http://www.bermudamasterworks.com/julia-coash-exhibit-opening/#top_of_page. For information about the gallery: http://www.bermudamasterworks.com/

Exhibition: Hoosier Women in Art at Garfield Park Arts Center ENDS Monday, July 29, 2013, Indianapolis IN, USA

"Hoosier Women in Art" ENDS Monday, July 29, 2013
Exhibition: Hoosier Women in Art at Garfield Park Arts Center ENDS Monday, July 29, 2013, Indianapolis IN, USA - Event Details: Time: ENDS July 29, 2013 at 9pm; Location: Indiana; City/Town: Indianapolis; Phone: 317-327-7066; Event Type: art-exhibition, artist-reception, women's-art-exhibition, hoosier-women-art-exhibition, indianapolis-indiana, two-women-artists-of-color; Organized By: The Garfield Park Arts Center. For further information: http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DPR/Pages/IndyParksHome.aspx

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Exhibition: “Master artists of the Bahamas” ENDS July 28th, 2013 at NAGB — Nassau, Bahamas WI

http://www.artslant.com/ew/events/show/266931-master-artists-of-the-bahamas
Exhibition: “Master Artists of the Bahamas” ENDS July 28th, 2013 at NAGB — Nassau, Bahamas WI; Featured Artists: John Beadle, Jackson Burnside, Stan Burnside, John Cox, Amos Ferguson, Kendal Hanna, Brent Malone, Eddie Minnis, Antonius Roberts, Dave Smith, Max Taylor; Curated by: Amanda Coulson, John Cox; Venue: National Art Gallery of the Bahamas; Address: West Hill Street; Nassau, Bahamas; ENDS July 28th, 2013; email: info@nagb.org.bs; Contact: Amanda Coulson: Director; John Cox: Chief Curator; Phone: 1-(242)325-5800/1. For further information: http://www.nagb.org.bswww.popopstudios.com and http://www.artslant.com/ew/events/show/266931-master-artists-of-the-bahamas

Cali P takes reggae festival to Switzerland -- Jamaica Gleaner

Cali P (Photo by Felix Rioux) 
http://felixrioux.com/portfolio-item/cali-p-lyrical-fayah/
Cali P takes reggae festival to Switzerland
Published: Sunday | July 28, 2013
Nicholas Kellyman, Gleaner Intern
International reggae artiste Cali P will be hosting Royal Reggae Festival this summer on August 3 at Escherwyss Club in Zurich, Switzerland. Cali P explained that the impetus for the creation of the festival was the lack of stage shows in Europe which provide fans with a wide range of reggae acts all in one night. "Inna Jamaica, when a artiste do him thing, is a natural thing weh you have nuff artiste pan a show and all a that but, yuh see inna Europe, it is really different; concerts contain one artiste, maximum two artistes and that is a show," he said. "Right now, me change the thing over there and build a festival inna one night weh have over 10 artistes performing." The show will be headlined by Cali P and gold-selling Swiss artiste Phenomden. The line-up, backed by Germany's SoulFire Band, will also include artistes such as Cookie the Herbalist, Collie Herb, Andrew Robinson and others. This is not the first time Cali P has embarked upon a venture of this nature:
"The Royal Reggae Festival is a festival that I built before I came to live in Jamaica, like I would say, like even seven years ago was the first one wi did keep, and then wi kept a second one, and now we lively it back up again." -- Cali P to Jamaica Gleaner www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130728/ent/ent3.html
The Switzerland-born artiste, who is based in Jamaica, recently returned to the island after performing at two shows in Panama. Additionally, Cali P used the visit to shoot the video for his single Si No Hay Amor with Panamanian artiste, I-Nesta, which he says is getting a lot of airplay on Panama. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130728/ent/ent3.html. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cali-P/58577295467?sk=info, http://felixrioux.com/portfolio-item/cali-p-lyrical-fayah/ and http://www.reggaeville.com/nc/artist-details/artist/cali-p/ac/biography.html. For information about the show: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalReggaeFestival and http://www.reggaeville.com/nc/festival-details/festival/royal-reggae-festival-2013/ac/festivalGeneral.html


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Workshop Topic: "Photography in Motion," in partnership with United Dance Productions on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 10:00 am — 01:00 pm at BNG -- Bermuda, West Indies

"Photography in Motion" workshop on July 27, 2013 at BNG 
www.bermudanationalgallery.com
Workshop Topic: "Photography in Motion," in partnership with United Dance Productions; Date: Saturday, July 27, 2013; Time: 10:00 am — 01:00 pm; Status: ONGOING; Category: Education Opportunities; Location: City Hall & Arts Theatre; Price: Tickets: $30 Members/ $40 Non-Members; Contact: director@bng.bm/  295-9428; Event Description: In this intense workshop, photographers will learn new ways to catch movement and be challenged to capture professional dancers from United Dance Production in motion. For more information on New York Artist, Matthew Karas, please visit his website at: http://www.mattkaras.com/  - See more at: http://www.bermudanationalgallery.com/events/view/109/2013-07-27#sthash.9NAtuTVz.dpuf  and http://www.bermudanationalgallery.com/

Jr Gong takes Youths to Sumfest on Night 2, Saturday, July 27, 2013 -- Jamaica Gleaner

Junior Gong in his element at Sumfest (JG Photo by Ivar Wigan)
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130714/ent/ent1.html
Jr Gong takes Youths to Sumfest
Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | July 14, 2013
Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley's fourth appearance on the Reggae Sumfest stage promises to be one for the history books. The Grammy-award winning performer will bring his artistes signed to the Ghetto Youths International (GYI) label on International Night 2, Saturday, July 27. The appearance will feature Marley along with reggae singers Christopher Ellis, Black-Am-I, Jo Mersa and dancehall artiste Wayne Marshall. The Ghetto Youths round out the eclectic line-up for the night which also includes Romain Virgo, Chronixx, No-Maddz and R&B singer Miguel. Fresh from their United States tour to support the label's newest project, Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Vol. 1, Jr Gong says the Ghetto Youths are looking forward to sharing their brand of music with Jamaica.
"It's always a pleasure to perform in Jamaica and this year will be even more special as the Ghetto Youths family performs for fans. The talent of the young reggae generation is remarkable and Sumfest patrons will see a musical revolution unveiled." -- Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley https://www.facebook.com/damianmarley
http://www.reggaesumfest.com/2013/
Johnny Gourzong, executive director of Summerfest Productions, is delighted to have a legacy of Jamaica's most recognised reggae icon on the stage. Great performance - "The Sumfest team is delighted and honoured that Damian Marley is again going to grace the stage. He has never failed to deliver a great performance and we are looking forward to the presentation from Ghetto Youths International," he said. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130714/ent/ent1.html. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/damianmarley, https://twitter.com/damianmarley, http://www.reggaesumfest.com/2013/index.php/en/ and http://www.reggaesumfest.com/2013/index.php/en/

Friday, July 26, 2013

Selena looks Buju's way and 'walks like a champion' -- Jamaica Observer

Selena Gomez performing (JO Photo www.jamaicaobserver.com)
Selena looks Buju's way
Selena 'walks like a champion'
BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter
morgans@jamaicaobserver.com
Friday, July 26, 2013
AMERICAN pop sensation Selena Gomez has sampled Buju Banton's 1995 hit song Champion for her latest single, Like a Champion. The song is from Gomez' new album Stars Dance which was released this month. Selena Gomez uses Buju Banton’s original lines, ‘Walk like a champion/ talk like a champion/ ram-pa-pa-pam-pam’ for her introduction and hook. The 21-year-old uses Banton's original lines, 'Walk like a champion/ talk like a champion/ ram-pa-pa-pam-pam' for her introduction and hook. Banton, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence in the United States on drug-related charges, recorded Champion for producer Donovan Germain. The song is from his seminal 1995 album 'Til Shiloh. Germain said he heard of the Gomez remix this week.
"I didn't hear about the track until Wednesday when someone sent me a YouTube link... All I can say is that it is a 'good look' for the industry. While we are busy trying to copy the pop stars, they are busy trying to copy reggae, a genre that some critics say is dying." -- Donovan Germain, Producer www.jamaicaobserver.com
Germain says although he did not give permission for the song to be sampled, Universal Records, the company that owns publishing rights for 'Til Shiloh, has authority to do so. This is not the first time that Champion has been sampled by an overseas act. In 1998, French hip-hop group Suprême NTM sampled it for their song Pose Ton Gun; that same year, American rapper Eve could not resist it on her Eve of Destruction; while British producer Sub Focus used it for Soundguy in 2004. Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Selena--walks-like-a-champion-_14739924. For further information: https://twitter.com/selenagomez and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Buju-Banton/47901683697


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Exhibition: "EMBLEMATIC" on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery -- Nassau Bahamas, West Indies

"EMBLEMATIC" on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 
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Exhibition: "EMBLEMATIC" on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at Doongalik Studios Art Gallery -- Nassau Bahamas, West Indies; Location: Doongalik Studios Art Gallery; Address: #18 Village Road, Nassau, The Bahamas; Tel (242) 394.1886; Email: doongalikart@batelnet.bs ; Website: www.doongalik.blogspot.com; Event Description: Please join Doongalik Studios Art Gallery for the opening of "EMBLEMATIC", on Thursday, July 25th, 2013, in celebration of 40 years of Bahamian Independence. Open Monday-Friday 10am–4pm.
"Doongalik Studios was formed in the 1970's by Jackson Burnside, architect, artist and cultural advocate and his wife, Pam. The couple have spent their lifetime together committed to promoting the country's outstanding artistic talent which they firmly believe can establish The Bahamas as an international center of creativity." -- http://www.doongalik.com/p/about-us.html
For further information: http://www.doongalik.com/

Art Review by Anne Hilton: Art auction tomorrow at Art Society -- Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

'Fishermen' by Erik Feeley, a participating artist (T&TN Photo) www.newsday.co.tt
Art auction tomorrow at Art Society
By Anne Hilton Thursday, July 25 2013
Only one of the pieces shown ...was sold when I visited the display of paintings on sale at the Art Society to raise funds for the restoration of the historic St Michael’s Church in Maracas, St Joseph on Tuesday, July 23. Hearing of the bargains in art to be snapped up for a song, there were several people viewing the display that filled the walls of the Art Society building that morning, while some were entering their bid for one or another of the 13 paintings to be sold at the Silent Auction taking place at 7 pm tonight. Newsday readers who know their art will note that some of the pieces are prints, while others are originals – for example the Cazabon prints were selling for the very reasonable price of $300 each, while Marsha Trepte’s delightful “Cricket at Maracas Beach” was only $800, and the “Old windmill” was a mere $250. Pieces to be auctioned are a series of small paintings by Shalini, a painting by a Haitian artist, the painting of a heliconia by Beverley Thomas, a church in the country by Anthony Boos, a photograph of pan by Abigail Hadeed, “Buccoo Point” by David Knott, an etching by Jamaican artist, Alexander Cooper, “Estate” by Clayton de Freitas and “Fishing Nets” by Erik Feeley. Read more: http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,181244.html.  For further information about the artist: https://twitter.com/irishartnews/statuses/188963791789228032 and http://101artgallery.com/feelyE.html.  For further information about the gallery: http://artsocietytt.org/index.htm

I-Octane to close Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night on Thursday, July 25, 2013 -- Jamaica Gleaner

www.reggaesumfest.com/2013/
I-Octane to close Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night
on Thursday, July 25, 2013
Dancehall sensation I-Octane will, for the first time, bring down the curtain on Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night on Thursday, July 25. On confirming the news, Johnny Gourzong, Summerfest Productions executive director, said, "Reggae Sumfest 2013 is shaping up to be another year filled with great music and lots of surprises." I-Octane's performance has been enjoyed by patrons of the festival for three years and his popularity has catapulted him from featured performer to headliner. So his full performance, unencumbered by time constraints, will be unleashed on the crowd to close out a night loaded with remarkable performers.
"Patrons will get a proper performance. I always try to do my best to give a proper performance. My destiny is to contribute to music from a great perspective." -- I-Octane
I-Octane recalls his first time performing on the Reggae Sumfest stage, opening the show with five persons in the venue. He then gradually worked his way up to appearing later on the festival to become a middle-order artiste with his greatest experience in 2011, when he delivered a set that surpassed the expectations of the Reggae Sumfest crowd. "For my first performance, I was not looking at it from a crowd perspective. I was looking at it that I was a young youth from off the road getting the opportunity to even open a show like Sumfest," he said. Part of I-Octane's strategy is not to give fans hints at what to expect, but sources close to his camp have revealed that since this is his first time closing the greatest reggae show on earth, he is going out of his way to deliver the ultimate Sumfest performance. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130527/ent/ent2.html. For further information: www.ioctanemusic.com/, http://www.myspace.com/ioctanemusic/music, http://www.reggaesumfest.com/2013/ and https://www.facebook.com/ReggaeSumfest2013


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tribute to Garnet Silk — Jamaica Observer

(L-R) Anthony Cruz & Garnet Silk Anthony (JO Photo) www.jamaicaobserver.com
Tribute to Garnet Silk
BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter
morgans@jamaicaobserver.com
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
SINGER Anthony Cruz is in the final stages of recording an album as tribute to Garnet Silk. Cruz, who is a nephew of the late singer, says the set hears him covering 15 of Silk's songs including Mama, Seven Spanish Angels and Nothing Can Divide Us. "I am really enthusiastic about this project as he (Garnet Silk) had a great influence on my music style," Cruz told the Jamaica Observer. The album is produced by Courtney Cole, whose Roof International label was a key player in Silk's trans-formation from sound system performer to mainstream hitmaker. Garnet Silk, whose real name was Garnet Smith, had a brief but remarkable run in the early 1990s. He recorded a number of hit songs for various producers, including It's Growing, Mama Africa and Lion Heart. He was one of the leaders of the roots-reggae renaissance in Jamaica 20 years ago. Silk was working on an album for Atlantic Records at the time of his death (in a fire at his mother's Manchester home) in December, 1994. He was 28 years old. Like Silk, Anthony Cruz is from Manchester. His most popular songs are Half Way Tree and a cover of Santana's Maria Maria. Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Tribute-to-Garnet-Silk_14733116. For further information: http://anthonycruzmusic.com/news/bio and https://twitter.com/JahCruz


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Exhibition: Laurél Schmid - New art show at Full of Beans through the month of July, 2013 -- Caymanian Compass

"Orange poppy" by Cayman artist Laurél Schmid
www.visualartcayman.com/category/artist-of-the-month  
New art show opens at Full of Beans
through the month of July, 2013
By: Joanna Lewis | joanna.lewis@cfp.ky
Local artist Laurél Schmid will be exhibiting her artwork at local café Full of Beans throughout the month of July. The show will include a collection of the artist’s latest acrylic on canvas artworks, many inspired by her tropical surroundings, including images of flowers, the Caribbean Sea and sailboats.
“I choose my subject matter by what inspires me at the time; it could be a colour scheme I saw, or a piece of nature or an interesting texture ... Each painting teaches me something new and opens a door to exploring something next. I have recently enjoyed the beauty of tropical flowers, including hibiscus, heliconia, and poppies, but I have also been intrigued by the fantastic colours of the sea and sky. I feel very blessed to live in a place that naturally lends itself to an artist’s palette!” -- Laurél Schmid, Artist
Originally from Wisconsin in the US, Laurél graduated from Mt. Mary College in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. She worked as a graphic artist for some 20 years, completing projects for clients in Wisconsin, Colorado, Florida and Germany. Laurél moved to Cayman in the late 90s. An active member of the Visual Arts Society, Laurél has previously exhibited at the Visual Arts Society’s annual show and at the organisation’s “Artist of the Season” show. Laurél has also exhibited at the popular annual art event, Art@Governors, held in the grounds of the governor’s house on Seven Mile Beach. Most recently she joined forces with local artist John Broad in the group project to recreate the Mona Lisa at Camana Bay. Read more: http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2013/07/02/New-art-show-opens-at-Full-of-Beans/, For further information about the artist: http://www.visualartcayman.com/category/artist-of-the-month  and the Cayman Visual Arts Society: http://www.visualartcayman.com/

It's a boy! Catherine gives birth to royal baby -- CNN News

The Royal Baby is born (Photo by Andy Rain/EPA)
It's a boy! Catherine gives birth to royal baby
By Dana Ford. Laura Smith-Spark and Richard Allen Greene, CNN
Tue July 23, 2013
London (CNN) -- With fanfare fit for a prince, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and husband Prince William welcomed their first child Monday. The baby boy was born at 4:24 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. A name has not yet been announced for the child, who is third in line to the throne. "Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well," read an official bulletin placed outside Buckingham Palace, where crowds erupted in cheers. People from all over the world had gathered outside Buckingham Palace to await news of the birth. At least one group of well-wishers brought flowers, champagne and a card for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The fountains at Trafalgar Square were turned blue.
"I'm sure that right across the country and indeed right across the commonwealth, people will be celebrating and wishing the royal couple well," said British Prime Minister David Cameron. http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/22/world/europe/uk-royal-baby
Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/22/world/europe/uk-royal-baby. Related article: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57594857/royal-baby-arrives-duchess-kate-gives-birth-to-a-boy/

 

Nnedi Okorafor: She writes on magic and mystery -- Trinidad & Tobago Express

Award winning author Nnedi Okorafor with her daughter Anyaugo
(T&TE Photo: Jermaine Cruickshank) http://www.trinidadexpress.com
She writes on magic and mystery
By Essiba Small
essiba.small@trinidadexpress.com
Story Created: Jul 22, 2013
For the fourth time award-winning Nigerian-American Nnedi Okorafor was in the country last week. Just as she did on the previous occasions that she visited, there was no brouhaha. As quietly as she comes to the country, she leaves, having inspired aspiring writers who are afforded the opportunity to be part of her workshops. “Some of the stories I have heard from people still haunt me,” Okorafor said of the aspiring writers she met. “The stories are that good; I have enocouraged a lot of them to continue writing.” Trinidad has been for the Illinois-based writer like a third home. Her visit here last week was as part of the Jegna Institute’s Nelson Mandela Day celebration on July 14 at the Mayaro Guayaguayare Community School. Okorafor was the institute’s special guest at the celebration and she also did readings from her books. A former national tennis player alongside her sister Ifeoma, Okorafor was destined to turn pro in the sport when life put that dream on pause. At 19, after battling scoliosis, Okorafor was told by doctors that she needed a spinal fusion but that there was a one per cent chance of paralysis that would follow surgery. Even though the odds seemed in her favour, Okorafor came out from the surgery paralysed from the waist down. Being confined to a hospital bed, one could choose to do one of two things - throw oneself a pity party or make the best of it. Okorafor chose the latter. “I was crushed. It meant that I couldn’t move around as I would like. In order to cope I had to tell myself stories.”
"Initially, Okorafor told stories of a flying woman who couldn’t walk. It may have been her own story about her then limitations, but the world she built in that story was the basis of her first novel, Zahrah the Windseeker, which tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who was born dada (which means she has hair made of plants) and who finds out she has the ability to float. She went on to write The Shadow Speaker, Who Fears Death, Long Juju Man, Iridessa and the Secret of the Never Mine and Akata Witch." -- T&T Express http://www.trinidadexpress.com/featured-news/She-writes-on-magic-and-mystery-216517201.html
Okorafor writes for the adult, young adult and children market. Writing has helped her to cope with the frustrations she felt of being cut down in the peak of her career. Once she was discharaged from hospital, she took a creative writing class and continued to write. The 39-year-old Okorafor’s style of writing can be classified as speculative fiction -- a growing genre of writing that encompasses fantasy. Inspiration, she said, comes from Nigeria where her parents were born and where she spent most of her school breaks. Read more: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/featured-news/She-writes-on-magic-and-mystery-216517201.html.  For further information:  http://nnedi.com/, https://www.facebook.com/nnedi and https://twitter.com/Nnedi.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Exhibition: "Flava Fresh X First of the 2013 - 2014 Series" through July 30, 2013 at 6pm -- Indianapolis IN, USA

Exhibition: "Flava Fresh X First of the 2013 - 2014 Series" through July 30, 2013 at 6pm -- Indianapolis IN, USA; Event Details: "FLAVA FRESH 10 !_2013 - 2014__1St EXHIBITION PRESENTATION OF THE SERIES" INDIANAPOLIS, IN; Time: through July 30, 2013 at 6pm; Location: 1st. Presentation of the Exhibition Series at The Indianapolis Arts Garden, Downtown Indy; Street: 110 West Washington St., Circle Centre Mall; Phone: 317-624-2563; Event Type: art, artists, art-event, art-exhibition, art-gallery, art-show, exhibition, gallery; Organized By: D. DELREVERDA-JENNINGS / Founder - Independent Curator_Midwest Region; Event Description: An Annual Juried Multi-Art Exhibition Presentation Series of Contemporary Art held in Indianapolis, IN.  For further information: http://www.indyarts.org/ArtsGarden/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/FLAVA-FRESH/151243758400202?ref=stream

Bright lights burn half as long? Phenomenal artistes have short lifespans -- Jamaica Gleaner

Tributes to Reggae Legends are held globally, annually
http://www.worldbeatculturalcenter.com
Bright lights burn half as long? Phenomenal artistes have short lifespans
Published: Sunday | July 21, 2013
One of the noticeable features of many early outstanding entertainers is their short lifespan. Bob Marley lived for only 36 years; Bobby Darin survived for a year longer; Roy Hamilton managed to make it to 40, while Nat King Cole died at age 45. Jamaica's child prodigy and the dean of reggae, Delroy Wilson, survived for two years longer than Nat King Cole, while Jamaica's singing sensation duo of the 1960s, The Blues Busters - Phillip James and Lloyd Campbell, died at age 47 and 50, respectively. What is most interesting, is the fact that, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, and the rock and roll king, Elvis Presley, all graced this earth for 42 years. Tosh, who was born, Winston Hubert McIntosh on October 19, 1944, died on September 11, 1987; Brown on February 1, 1957 and transitioned on July 1, 1999 while Presley spent January 8, 1935 to August 16, 1977 on this earth. All have made enormous contributions to the development of popular music, belying their short lifespans, which leaves one to wonder if, that's the way nature planned it. Many of these artistes have achieved as much as, or even more than, others who have lived full lives, which leaves one to wonder if nature or destiny had a plan for them. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130721/ent/ent3.html. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tribute-to-the-Reggae-Legends/119324328135797, https://myspace.com/tributetothelegends and http://www.globalrhythm.net/ReggaeLegends/


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Exhibition: The Gallery at Fine Art - Kenderson Noray's "ECHOES" ENDS Saturday 20th July 2013 -- Trinidad & Tobago, WI

"ECHOES" through Saturday 20th July 2013
http://fineartcaribbean.com/
The Gallery at Fine Art cordially invites you to view Kenderson Noray's "ECHOES" through Saturday 20th July 2013 -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Location: Corner of Warren and Rosalino Streets Woodbrook; Tele: (868) 628-4669; Fax: (868) 622-4034; E-Mail: gallery@tstt.net.tt; Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9.00 am - 5.00 pm, Sat 9.00 am - 1.00 pm; Event Description: "Echoes"is a multi layered concept, on the surface it’s a reflection on the society that I am interested in and surrounded by. To go deeper in the work on display, they parallel each other as the present "echoes" the past. Past experiences lend hand to present situations I am faced with, in terms of art and the resolution of those problems, the invocation of broad rigid brush strokes and bold color reflects the way I see the people and the land we reside in, as I believe we embody all those qualities (bold, colourful, rough and tender at the same time). With regards to the subject matter, landscapes and seascapes play a bigger role in my work, maybe because I am so consumed by it and my "trying" to understand its inner workings, be it by plein air or photographic interpretations, as I am heavily influenced by art, past and present, in my work I try to navigate a fine line between both.
Artist's Statement: “My influences are from everyday life and around my environment. Composition, colour and space are very important. The somewhat free use of vibrant colours, understanding of light and shadows, the interpretation of the human figure and form and the way it reacts around its environment plays a major part in my work. The media that I use are water colours for their transparency, oils, acrylics and pastels, pen and ink, charcoal, pencil, conte crayons, and sometimes mixing these medias to see how they would react to one another in the piece that I am trying to create.” -- Kenderson Noray http://fineartcaribbean.com/
Growing up in the subdued hills of Paramin, Kenderson Noray was heavily influenced by the laid back nature of the people and the vibrant colours of his environment. As a child he loved drawing from old paintings in the Bible trying to master every brush stroke, but drawing from life was Kenderson’s first love, trying to sketch people going about their daily activities and trying to catch the vibrancy of colour in his environment. To read more and for further information: http://fineartcaribbean.com/. For further information about the artist: http://fineartcaribbean.com/index.php/v/original-art/Echoes/?q=gallery

Marise Rodriguez Exhibition at the Art Society of T&T ENDS Saturday, July 20, 2013 -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

'Misty Ridge Farm House' by Marise Rodriguez http://artsocietytt.org/
Marise Rodriguez Exhibition at the Art Society of T&T through Saturday, July 20, 2013 -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Location: Corner Jamaica Boulevard and St. Vincent Avenue, Federation Park, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.; e-mail: admin@artsocietytt.org; Tel: (868 ) 622-9827
Artist's Statement - "My inspiration: Land and Seascapes, flowers, still-life, cultural events ... My affinity for old houses (especially those with unique and character-rich roof lines) is one that is centered upon capturing a piece of history on canvas. The architecture is symbolic of a past era and culture in my country, featuring a time when people took pride in the beauty of designs, the materials and craftsmanship as seen in houses, which are now disappearing, being replaced by newer modern structures of glass and concrete." -- Marise Rodriguez, Artist http://artsocietytt.org/rodriguezME.html
For further information: http://artsocietytt.org/. For further information about the artist: http://artsocietytt.org/rodriguezME.html

A delicacy for Ramadan -- Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Harira—Moroccan chickpea soup (T&TG Photo)
http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2013-07-20/delicacy-ramadan
A delicacy for Ramadan
Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Wendy Rahamut
The month of Ramadan is upon us. The fast begins at sunrise and ends at sunset each day. It is broken with a little salt and then a small plate is usually served comprising some type of cooked chickpeas, a bit of chopped fresh ginger, usually an Indian delicacy and a date. This is known as Iftar, and is usually consumed after the Maghrib prayer. Iftar is followed by a balanced meal and a sweet, usually some type of ice-cream or dessert. Interestingly, the foods with which the fast is broken in eastern countries may vary, but there are usually always chickpeas and dates. In Morocco and Algeria, Muslims consume harira, a tomato broth with a chickpea and lentil base scented with cinnamon, turmeric and fresh cilantro/chadon beni, accented with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the table. Fresh rounds of crusty bread, hard-boiled eggs, dates, and honeyed pastries are served with each bowl. Read more for Wendy's Harira—Moroccan chickpea soup: http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2013-07-20/delicacy-ramadan. For further information: http://www.food.com/recipes/Ramadan




Friday, July 19, 2013

Cuba's '1-percenters': They aren't bankers (they’re artists!) — CNBC News

Cuban artist Dionel Delgado, pictured here, is one of Cuba's well-paid painters
(Photo by Justin Solomon / CNBC http://www.cnbc.com/)
Cuba's '1-percenters': They aren't bankers (they’re artists!) — CNBC News
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera , CNBC /Justin Solomon / CNBC
Friday, July 19, 2013
In most parts of the world, artists struggle to make a living. In Cuba, they're part of the wealthiest 1 percent of the population. Two quirks of fate have led to an explosion of well-paid artists on the island: an exception to the U.S. embargo on Cuban goods that allows Americans to spend money on Cuban art, and an accident of Cuban history that lets artists keep the money they earn. Dionel Delgado, 29, is emblematic of financially successful Cuban artists. His new gallery is in an apartment he just bought in a prime ground-floor location in old Havana that gets lots of tourist foot traffic. As he painted a large, lush landscape of the Cuban countryside, he told CNBC, "A big part about my work is about the landscape. The love of my country, my space, my dream space." Don't try to buy the work however—it's already sold to a Mexican gallery for $10,000. He said that, on average, he sells a painting every two months. Thousands of Americans travel legally to Cuba every year under what the Treasury calls "people to people" licenses. Remember Jay-Z and Beyoncé's trip? On such junkets, American tourists are prohibited from buying any kind of souvenir—except books, music and art. As a result, as one moves through old Havana, some of the most prevalent items for sale aren't T-shirts, hats or magnets, but paintings. The government put up a new building a few years ago expressly for art vendors.
"Vendors there don't have to be as successful as Delgado to make a good living. Most of the paintings for sale to tourists are $100 or less. Selling just one a month, a painter makes more than double the average Cuban, who earns only $19 a month in a government job." http://www.nbcnews.com/business/cubas-1-percenters-they-arent-bankers-6C10687330
Artists have held a special place in the Cuban economy since the early 1990s—an extremely difficult period in which the Soviet Union cut off the billions of dollars in subsidies it had supplied to Fidel Castro's government. Even food was hard to come by. During that time, the government carved out a special exemption for musicians and artists, allowing them to travel freely in and out of the country and, more importantly, to be self-employed as artists and to keep the money they made. The exemptions made them rich compared with other members of Cuban society, as well as more cosmopolitan. Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/cubas-1-percenters-they-arent-bankers-6C10687330. For further information: http://www.cnbc.com/. For further information about the artists: http://ddelgadog.com/en/curriculum.html and http://www.ecured.cu/index.php/Abel_Barroso_Arencibia

Exhibition: Julia Coash’s “Rum Jungle”on July 19, 2013 at Masterworks - Artist intrigued by what the settlers saw — Bermuda Sun

"Vines": Detail of one of Julia Coash’s paintings www.bermudamasterworks.com
Exhibition: Julia Coash’s “Rum Jungle”
on July 19, 2013 at Masterworks -
Artist intrigued by what the settlers saw — Bermuda Sun
by Sarah Lagan, Sub-editor/Writer
Bermuda’s lush vegetation has provided the inspiration to Masterwork’s Artist In Residence Julia Coash, who is no stranger to Bermuda’s art scene. The abstract painter, who used to teach at Bermuda College, is due to open her show on July 19th at the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. The show, titled Rum Jungle, will include paintings from around the island she has created since she arrived here in May.
“The lush vegetation here in Bermuda always amazes me,” says Coash. “I love both the tended, shaped gardens and, even more, the untended, overgrown places. The wonderful colours of the time worn walls, the vines, the jungle that continually threatens to over run the best intentions. I like to think about what it must have been like when the first ship-wrecked settlers arrived here on the island.”Julia Coash, Artist www.bermudasun.bm
The official opening reception for the exhibition will be Friday, July 19 from 5:30 to 7pm. Coash will also be giving a lecture about her work in the Masterworks Gallery on Thursday, July 11 from 12:15pm to 1:30pm, and teaching a painting workshop open to all at the Museum on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 from 10am to 2:30pm. The show runs until July 19–29, 2013.  For more information contact Robyn Hooper on 299-4000, or visit www.bermudamasterworks.com. Read more: http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/LIFESTYLE/Arts---Entertainment/Article/Artist-intrigued-by-what-the-settlers-saw/9/908/68070. For further information about the artist: http://www.bermudamasterworks.com/artist-discussion-demystifying-abstraction/ and http://www.bermudamasterworks.com/julia-coash-exhibit-opening/#top_of_page

Prince Harry's touching tribute to Nelson Mandela -- Yahoo! News

This is a screen capture from Harry's Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/princeharryfanspage
Prince Harry posts photo of mother and Nelson Mandela
William Holt
Friday, July 18, 2013
Prince Harry posted the photo of his mother, Princess Diana, meeting with then-President Nelson Mandela in Cape Town in March, 1997.   Prince Harry posted a photo on his Facebook page Thursday that celebrates Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday — and indirectly reminds followers of the impending birth of the royal baby in London.  The photo shows Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, with then-President Mandela in March 1997. Diana met with Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa, only two months before her untimely death to discuss the growing threat of AIDS.  The photo serves as a reminder that Diana would be about to become a grandmother. Diana gave birth to Harry's older brother, Prince William, 31 years ago in London's St. Mary's Hospital — the same hospital where William's wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is expected to have her child any day now. Harry, 28, also was born at St. Mary's. Source: http://news.yahoo.com/prince-harry-posts-photo-of-mother-and-nelson-mandela-174732962.html. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/princeharryfanspage

On 72nd birthday, Minshall reminisces: Mas is Art — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Minshall's dancing mobile "Tan Tan" (T&T G Photo) www.guardian.co.tt

On 72nd birthday, Minshall reminisces: Mas is Art —
Trinidad & Tobago Guardian
Published: Friday, July 19, 2013
Peter Ray Blood
One of the most remarkable and celebrated creations of Minshall’s lifetime is his dancing mobile Tan Tan. This character, together with Saga Boy, was revolutionary and was replicated by other artists at many prestigious international cultural and sporting events.
The best masman in the world celebrated his 72nd birthday last Tuesday. Peter Minshall spent the day at his Federation Park home quietly chatting with friends from all corners of the globe. Minshall has stopped creating Carnival bands, his last victorious presentation being Tapestry, in 1997. Since his first mas, in 1976, designing Stephen Lee Heung’s Paradise Lost, Minshall won the Band of the Year title on six occasions. Informally chatting on the phone on Tuesday, Minshall was reminiscing and was his usual poignant self as he reflected on the current state of mas and T&T Carnival. “Mas is art,” he exclaimed. “We are just a little island, mimicking huge countries.” Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/entertainment/2013-07-18/72nd-birthday-minshall-reminisces-mas-art. For further information: http://www.carnaval.com/tnt/minshall/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peter-Minshall-Mas-Fans/477738325205. Related article: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/documentary-trinidadian-costume-designer-peter-minshall-featured-art-brooklyn-film-festival-article-1.1128473


Pt 1 of interview with Peter Minshall - Mas designer and Carnival from globewriter on Vimeo.

Delus gets Addicted on new video -- Jamaica Observer

http://www.reggaeharmony.com/tag/delus/
Delus gets Addicted on new video
BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer
Friday, July 19, 2013
DELUS is preparing to drop the video for his song Addicted. It was co-directed by the singer and Nigel Angus and filmed by Michael Manfredonia in Long Island, New York. Produced by Downsound Records, Addicted has a cameo from Delus's younger brother, singjay Rikroot. "This is a different video from the normal videos that you see. I am playing the role of a delivery man, basically getting requests on my mobile (phone) to go and deliver goods and services. It's a fun video and the fans are going to love this one," says Delus, who has been on a roll in recent months.He has released several singles including the popular Let Me Love You. Other recent recordings include Crush a Love, I Like Her, Find You Out and Gallis. Delus is expected to release an EP this year on VP/VPal. Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Delus-gets-Addicted-on-new-video_14705550. For further information: http://www.reggaeharmony.com/tag/delus/ and http://www.jamaicansmusic.com/artists/profile/Delus


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Exhibition: “Pattern Recognition” on July 18, 2013 from 7pm to 10pm at MoCADA Musuem — Brooklyn NY, USA

Exhibition: “Pattern Recognition” on July 18, 2013 from 7pm to 10pm at MoCADA Musuem — Brooklyn NY, USA
Time: July 18, 2013 from 7pm to 10pm; Location: MoCADA Musuem, Brooklyn New York, 80 Hanson Place; Event Type: art, exhibition; Event Description: “Pattern Recognition” presents the recent work of five emerging artists, Rushern Baker IV, Kimberly M. Becoat, Hugo McCloud, Duhirwe Rushemeza and Sam Vernon, whose practices are largely engaged in abstract painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. These artists use the freedom of abstraction to push aesthetic boundaries and to present concepts that range from the personal to the geo-political. There are several conceptual parallels amongst the exhibiting artists’ processes, including the use of found materials and their multidisciplinary studio practices. The exhibition’s central theme involves the examination of the natural human desire to find patterns or meaning in the data that surrounds us. Other themes include methods of interpreting history, consumerism, and the tension between art and commercialization.

Abstract painting by participating artist Kimberly M. Becoat

Artist’s Statement: “Next show up on my art trail! ...I'll see you there!”Kimberly M. Becoat www.linkedin.com/pub/kimberly-m-becoat/b/12b/747
For further information about the artist: http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/236902-kimberly-m-becoat, http://www.brooklynartscouncil.org/registry/3010 and http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kimberly-m-becoat/b/12b/747. For further information about the gallery: http://mocada.org/.

Art Talk: "Conversation with the Elders III" at the Art Society of T&T on Thursday, July 18, 2013 -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

"Conversation with the Elders III" on
Thursday, July 18, 2013 http://artsocietytt.org
Art Talk: "Conversation with the Elders III" at the Art Society of T&T on Thursday, July 18, 2013 -- Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Location: Corner Jamaica Boulevard and St. Vincent Avenue, Federation Park, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.; e-mail: admin@artsocietytt.org; Tel: (868 ) 622-9827. For further information: http://artsocietytt.org/index.htm

Art Review by Anne Hilton: Marise Rodriguez holds first solo showing — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

'View from Sandy Point - Tobago' by Marise Rodriguez http://artsocietytt.org
Art Review by Anne Hilton: Marise Rodriguez
holds first solo showing — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
By Anne Hilton - Thursday, July 18 2013
Marise Rodriguez is the administrator of the Living Water Community Hospice for the terminally ill. As August 14 marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of the hospice Marise is currently exhibiting a varied collection of her oil paintings over the years in her very first solo exhibition in the Art Society Headquarters that opened with a Private View on Friday, July 12, the aim being to raise funds for the Hospice. Marise, like so many others in this country, paints for pleasure and relaxation. Apart from some classes with Marsha Bhagwansingh, she is self-taught. Part of the proceeds from sales of her work in the Art Society exhibition will be given to the Living Water Hospice – so those buying these very reasonably priced paintings (they range from TT$600 for the smaller pieces to $3,500 for the largest) know that in buying her work they are contributing to a very worthy cause. Read more: http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,180897.html. For further information about the artist: http://artsocietytt.org/rodriguezME.html. For further information about the gallery: http://artsocietytt.org/

Word is power - Carlene Davis, Tommy Cowan remember the impact of 'Welcome Home Mandela' — Jamaica Gleaner

Happy 95th Birthday Nelson Mandela from Times Square NYC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23354213
Word is power - Carlene Davis, Tommy Cowan remember
the impact of 'Welcome Home Mandela' — Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Thursday | July 18, 2013
Melville Cooke, Gleaner Writer
It was appropriate that Tommy Cowan and Carlene Davis both had prominent roles on the concert for Nelson and Winnie Mandela at the National Stadium, Kingston, on Wednesday, July 24, 1991. As a songwriter-singer pair, they had celebrated Winnie Mandela's fortitude while her husband was in prison with Winnie Mandela; then, after he was released, they again combined to do Welcome Home Mandela. Cowan remembers that Davis was brought on in a moment of crisis, as the police and members of the crowd clashed:
"The crowd started to jump the fence and it looked like the place was going to break out in a riot," Cowan said. "I was onstage and I said what am I going to do?" Cowan said. And Olivia 'Babsy' Grange said "rush Carlene to the stage". She came on with Welcome Home Mandela and, Cowan said, "everybody stopped and sang the song."Tommy Cowan, Music Producer quoted by Jamaica Gleaner www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130718/ent/ent1.html
Davis remembers that the recording of Welcome Home Mandela was played when the Mandelas entered the National Stadium and, when she was invited to the platform to do the song live, a number of other musicians joined in. "It was quite an experience," Davis said. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20130718/ent/ent1.html. For further information: http://www.carlenedavis.net/ and http://www.nelsonmandela.org/. Related articles: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23349739 , http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23354213 and http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57594286/nelson-mandela-turns-95-on-41st-day-in-hospital/


Book Review by Simon Lee: Exploring this unkind Eden — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Book Review: Exploring this unkind Eden — Trinidad & Tobago Guardian
Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Simon Lee
Trini-Irish Amanda Smyth’s second novel A Kind of Eden, launched by UK publisher Serpent’s Tail last Thursday, mixes genres, romance and thriller, to present a disturbing yet authentic picture of postmodern T&T in the noughties of the new millennium. While the novel mostly reads from an expat perspective, it reverses the weary exotic tropical trope for what is fast becoming the mode in much Caribbean fiction—which for now I’d classify as tropical neo-gothic. Those who have dipped into the Noir compilations (particularly Haiti and Trinidad Noir) or even Marie Vieux-Chauvet’s terrifying (and much earlier) novel of Haiti’s Duvalier regime, Love, Anger, Madness, will find themselves in familiar territory: violence, degradation and horror superimposed on a fading tropical landscape or infernal urban warren. Reviewing this text presents challenges on this side of the Atlantic which metropolitan critics don’t face, yet which probably add to its complexity. I’m reminded of Haitian novelist Dany Laferriere’s I Am A Japanese Writer—a typically Laferriere stroke of literary subversion. Currently—as the Bocas Literary Festival demonstrated earlier this year— the debate on exactly what constitutes a Caribbean writer/ Caribbean writing is still roiling with all the volatility of Dominica’s Boiling Lake…
"Returning to the reviewer’s challenge, A Kind of Eden will, I suspect, evoke quite different responses either side of the Atlantic. While it may be read in the UK as a thriller with tropical backdrop, shot through with reflections on such disparate issues as interracial and generational relationships, mortality, grief, marriage, monogamy, family and fidelity, love, infatuation and betrayal, a Caribbean and particularly T&T audience may squirm at the reality of what we’ve been living these last two decades and are still in denial about."Simon Lee for T&T Guardian www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2013-07-17/exploring-unkind-eden
Author Amanda Smyth
It is however, precisely this reality, ripping through idealised versions of lush land and beachscapes, of laid-back or highly sexualised natives cavorting in carnival mode, which is the book’s strength. Neither Trinidad nor Tobago is spared and in the process Smyth questions the validity of nation-building texts espoused by postcolonial theorists, at a time when anyone outside the Caricom inner circle realises Caribbean nationalism has imploded in a postmodern danse macabre driven by the same complacency, greed, corruption and insularity Smyth focuses on. Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2013-07-17/exploring-unkind-eden. For further information: http://www.serpentstail.com/amanda-smyth  and http://www.lucyluck.com/authordetailpages.aspx?pgid=2&recid=46