Thursday, October 31, 2013

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Eric D. Walrond

Eric Derwent Walrond (December 18, 1898 - August 8, 1966) was an Afro-Caribbean Harlem Renaissance writer and journalist, who made a lasting contribution to literature; his work remains in print today as a classic of its era. He was well-travelled, being born in Georgetown, Guyana (British Guiana), the son of a Barbadian mother and a Guyanese father, moving early in life to live in Barbados, and then Panama, New York, and eventually England. Walrond's most famous book was Tropic Death, published in New York City in 1926 when he was 28. In it are collected ten stories, at least one of which had been previously published in small magazines. He had published other short stories prior to this, as well as a number of essays. The scholar Kenneth Ramchand described Walrond's book as a "blistering" work of the imagination; others described his work as "impressionistic" and "frequently telegraphic", reflecting his use of short sentences. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_D._Walrond

This is a review for "Winds Can Wake Up the Dead": An Eric Walrond Reader (African American Life Series) by Eric D. Walrond - Eric Walrond (1898-1966), a significant figure in the Harlem Renaissance and New Negro Movement, is a seminal writer of Black diasporic life, but much of his work is not readily available. This new anthology brings together a broad sampling of Walrond's writings, including not only selections from his celebrated Tropic Death (1926) but also other stories, essays, and reviews. Louis J. Parascandola's introduction to the collection provides the most complete description to date of Walrond's life and work. It brings together previously undocumented biographical information that situates him in the context of his times, and it offers both an overview and a renewed appreciation of his writings. This book restores Walrond to his proper place in the history of African American and Caribbean literature and is an essential reader for students of Black culture. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0814327095/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=carijour-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0814327095&adid=0Q71DH5JT2KQ60KP60EQ

This is a review for Tropic Death by Eric D. Walrond - Tropic Death (1926) is a collection of short stories by Eric Walrond. It was published eight years after Walrond arrived in New York from the West Indies, and it contributed to a sense of pan-Africanism among foreign-born blacks in the United States. Tropic Death, often regarded as a literary counterpart and rival to Jean Toomer’s Cane (1923), contains ten short stories, many of which are broken into various parts as well a s being written in varieties of speech. The stories—set in the West Indies, particularly Barbados, Panama, and British Guiana—contain autobiographical elements. They offer insight into black life and the harsh realities associated with these colonized islands and the people who inhabit them, including family struggles and poverty. Tropic Death was highly influential throughout the Harlem Renaissance. Read more: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11590611-tropic-death

This is a review for In Search of Asylum: The Later Writings of Eric Walrond by Eric D. Walrond - "A substantial step forward for black diaspora and black transnational literary studies."--Gary Edward Holcomb, author of Claude McKay, Code Name Sasha. "Fills a significant void in our understanding of the life and literary career of Eric Walrond. By collecting, for the first time, the writings Walrond produced following his departure from the U.S. in 1928, Parascandola and Wade have done scholars a rich service."--Heather Hathaway, author of Caribbean Waves. Eric Walrond is one of the great underexamined figures of the Harlem Renaissance and the Caribbean diaspora. Very little of his later work has been subsequently published or made readily available to American scholars. His writings, set in the Caribbean, the United States, and Europe, discuss imperialism, racism, the role of the black writer, black identity, and immigration--all topics of vital concern today. Born in British Guiana (now Guyana), Walrond moved to New York City in 1918 where he worked briefly for Marcus Garvey and became a protégé of Charles S. Johnson. During that time, he wrote short fiction as well as nonfiction and gained a measure of fame for his 1926 collection, Tropic Death. In Search of Asylum compiles Walrond’s European journalism and later fiction, as well as the pieces he wrote during the 1950s at Roundway Hospital in Wiltshire, England, where he was a voluntary patient. Louis Parascandola and Carl Wade have assembled a collection that at last fills in the biographical gaps in Walrond’s life, providing insights into the contours of his later work and the cultural climates in which he functioned between 1928 and his death in 1966. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0813035600/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=carijour-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0813035600&adid=1NFZ86YB8QPNX75VNYC0

Art Review by Anne Hilton: “Armstrong’s ‘Tribute to Eddie’ at 101” ENDS October 31, 2013 — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

“Making Farine” by James Armstrong at 101 Art Gallery
http://101artgallery.com/2013-JamesArmstrong-1.html
Art Review by Anne Hilton: “Armstrong’s ‘Tribute to Eddie’ at 101” —
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
By Anne Hilton Friday, October 25 2013
Eddie Hernandez was Jim Armstrong’s mentor from his early teens when Jim was a member of the Tobago Art Group and thenceforward for the next 50 years they were close friends until Eddie died on August 26. It follows, then, that Jim dedicates his latest exhibition that opened in 101 Art Gallery on Tuesday, as a tribute to Hernandez.
“Both artist and mentor have a great love for ‘the sister isle’ and the people of Tobago of which, perhaps the best portrayal in this exhibition is, in my view ‘Making Farine’. Here we see the strong mother figure stirring the pot, the scene is timeless, no fancy stove or gas cooker, only a simple fire on a makeshift hearth, a long paddle to stir the mixture, a rustic shelter, the woman screwing up her eyes and mouth against the steam rising from the pot, her skirt tucked between her knees to keep it out of the steam. Indeed it is a lovely piece.”Anne Hilton for T&T Newsday http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,185584.html
“Scarborough from the Magdalena” is a view that does not include the once-Hilton, now Magdalena luxury hotel and reminds me of long “summer” holidays spent in a cottage on what was once Lowlands Estate; ah well, times change, but this painting shows what once it was, peaceful and well away from the beaten track. . . “A Tribute to Eddie” and exhibition of paintings by James ‘Jim’ Armstrong continues as 101 Art Gallery @ Holder’s Studio until Thursday, October 31. Read more: http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,185584.html. For further information:  http://101artgallery.com. For further information about the artist: http://101artgallery.com/armstrongJ.html

Exhibition: James Armstrong’s “A Tribute to Eddie” – at 101 Art Gallery ENDS Thursday, October 31, 2013 — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

James Armstrong’s “A Tribute to Eddie” at 101 Art Gallery www.101artgallery.com 
Exhibition: James Armstrong’s “A Tribute to Eddie” – at 101 Art Gallery from Tuesday, October 22 to Thursday, October 31, 2013; Previews Friday, October 18 4-8PM and Saturday, October 19, 2013 10AM-2PM — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Where: 101 Art Gallery; When: Tuesday, October 22 to Thursday, October 31, 2013; Location: 84 Woodford Street, Newtown, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.; Tel: (868) 628-4081; Email: marknpereira@gmail.com; Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 7-8:30PM
Event Description: “Jim Armstrong began painting in his early teens as a member of the Tobago art Group under the tutelage of Edward (Eddie) Hernandez. They maintained a close friendship for over 50 years. Eddie passed away on 26th August 2013. Jim has dedicated this exhibition to his memory.” — 101 Art Gallery www.101artgallery.com
About the Artist: “Jim Armstrong hails from Tobago and began painting at about age 12, influenced by members of the Tobago Art Group which was then headed by his long time friend and fellow artist, Edward Hernandez. He held his first one-man exhibition in Tobago in 1965, before leaving Trinidad and Tobago to further his education in Canada and the USA. A selection from that first exhibition – “Making Copra” – was included in the Trinidad and Tobago contingent’s art exhibition at Expo ‘67 in Montreal, Canada. “Making Copra,” and several of his other paintings, are now part of the permanent collection of the Trinidad and Tobago National Museum and Art Gallery. Jim has exhibited internationally in the Caribbean, Brazil, Canada, the USA and various countries in Africa, where he lived and worked for many years.” 101 Art Gallery http://101artgallery.com/armstrongJ.html
For further information: http://101artgallery.com. For further information about the artist: http://101artgallery.com/armstrongJ.html

Exhibition: "Judy-Ann MacMillan: A leading artist of the era" through October 31, 2013 at The Spanish Court in New Kingston -- Jamaica Gleaner

Judy-Ann MacMillan's artwork in new show at The Spanish Court in New Kingston
http://www.judyannmacmillan.com/ (JG Photo)
Judy-Ann MacMillan: A leading artist of the era
through October 31, 2013 at The Spanish Court in New Kingston
Published: Sunday | October 6, 2013
A piece from Judy-Ann MacMillan's current exhibition.
Chester Francis-Jackson, Contributor
Dears, it has been a concern of members, supporters, admirers and patrons of the arts that, in recent years, there has been a very serious deficiency in the appreciation of the function of art. They feel the function of the arts is helping to promote and establish Jamaica as not only an independent nation, but also in carving out its own national identity in the post-colonial era, when many emerging nation states struggled with this process. And so it is, my dears, that now many bemoan the fact that not since Drumblair - the former residence of National Hero Norman Manley and his wife Edna, (she is dubbed by historians and critics alike as the mother of the Jamaican Art Movement), has the country seen a sustained and orchestrated movement to make our arts and culture central to our continued development and national and international identity! Drumblair was considered the seat and driving force of the fledgling Jamaican cultural and artistic foundations, pre- and post-Independence. My dears, the records will show that Drumblair was not only pivotal, but played a crucial role in marshalling the energies and fusion of the artistic and cultural in forging national identity. Now, the operating concern of many in the artistic community is the absence of a cohesive national policy or national framework or centre where leading thinkers, artists, playwrights, painters, etc. can meet and exchange ideas and help in shaping, guiding and presenting the agenda that will keep our artistic and cultural offerings of Jamaica intact... Hosted in the Valencia Suite of Kingston's leading and oh-so fashionable hotel - The Spanish Court in New Kingston, the show itself was indeed a fabulous journey, artistically and emotionally for many, for others simply a master's class by a painter who is truly at the very top of her game! ...
"Described as one of the country's foremost academic painters, MacMillan is all that and then some. Her eye for details has guided her to the genre of realism, where she manages to capture the essence of her subjects - be it a landscape or a portrait! In viewing the portraits, one can now begin to understand why some earlier people refused to be photographed or to sit for a portrait. They feared that such an exercise captured the essence of their being - their soul. And that, dear hearts, is the mastery and brilliance of MacMillan's canvases. They are not mere lifeless representations of subjects, but a transportation from one's world to the next - whether that subject be a giant jacaranda; the wizened face of a country farmer, the beauty of a nubile country girl or the character-hardened face of a 'ginnal'. And so, art lovers, critics and patrons were out in fine mettle and spirits for the one-woman show that did not disappoint. Each piece told its own unique story of envelopment and made for an exciting odyssey." -- Chester Francis-Jackson, reporting for the Jamaica Gleaner http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131006/out/out5.html
... it was truly a charming evening, with the exhibition set to continue until the end of October. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131006/out/out5.html. Related article: http://www.arteventsja.com/content/judy-ann-macmillan-17. For further information: http://giltedge.weebly.com/judy-ann-macmillan.html, www.judyannmacmillan.com  and http://www.spanishcourthotel.com/


Judy Ann MacMillan: My Jamaica from Luciano Blotta on Vimeo.

Exhibition: "Images of Yesteryear" through October 31, 2013 at the National Gallery -- Cayman Islands, West Indies

"Images of Yesteryear" Exhibit through Oct 31, 2013 www.nationalgallery.org.ky
Exhibition: "Images of Yesteryear" through October 3, 2013 at the National Gallery -- Cayman Islands, West Indies; Where: National Gallery of the Cayman Islands; When: Fri, September 06, 2013 to Thu, October 31, 2013; Location: Esterley Tibbetts Highway; Grand Cayman; Cayman Islands; Phone: 345-945-8111; email: info@nationalgallery.org.ky
Event Description: Images of Yesteryear features some of the most memorable photographs found in the Cayman Islands National Archives. Brought together by Walkers, the collection chronicles the social and cultural history of the Cayman Islands from 1900 to the 1960s - a time when life moved at a different pace. Photographs have been drawn from the collections of Aarona Kohlman, Ira Thompson, Helen Hirst Gamble, Ivor O. Smith, Marcia Bodden – Bush, Jack Cohen, Robert Maase and others. -- www.nationalgallery.org.ky/ExhibitionsGallery/event-imagesofyesteryear
For further information: https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/ExhibitionsGallery/event-imagesofyesteryear  and https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Call for Submissions: “Let your digital art shine at BSoA’s TECHART 2013” Deadline is Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 4pm — Bermuda Sun

BSoA’s TECHART 2013
http://www.bsoa.bm/2013/07/techart-13/
Call for Submissions: “Let your digital art shine at BSoA’s TECHART 2013”
Deadline is Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 4pm — Bermuda Sun
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Artists of all ages are encouraged to enter TECHART 2013 to showcase their digital art at the Bermuda Society of Arts Gallery at City Hall from Friday, November 1st until Tuesday, November 19th. The show, now in its 7th year, is jointly sponsored by AAC Saatchi & Saatchi, iClick and The Complete Office. Entries can be made using Digital Photography, Animation, Video and iPad art. With iClick and The Complete Office as sponsors, the prizes are highly sought after. There were over 170 entries in 2012, with the student category being the post popular. Peter Hebberd, Vice President of AAC Saatchi & Saatchi comments: “As a creative company, we are continually championing great design and new technologies. TECHART is a celebration of just that, and we are especially pleased to be heroing the MORE PINK BDA movement by adding a special prize for the entry that best reflects why Bermuda is ‘So Much More’. For inspiration on the MORE PINK BDA category search #morepinkbda on social channels.
To enter TECHART 2013 please visit bsoa@ibl.bm  or call 292-3824. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, October 30th at 4pm. For further information and for entry form: http://www.bsoa.bm/2013/07/techart-13/

BSoA’s TECHART 2013
http://www.bsoa.bm/2013/07/techart-13/
Source: http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/LIFESTYLE/Arts---Entertainment/Article/Let-your-digital-art-shine-at-TECHART/9/908/70875. Download TECHART poster: http://www.bsoa.bm/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/tech-art-2013-poster11.jpg. For further information and for entry form: http://www.bsoa.bm/2013/07/techart-13/ and http://www.bsoa.bm/. Related article: http://bernews.com/2013/10/entries-open-for-techart-digital-art-competition/

Monday, October 28, 2013

Artists Capture ‘Essence Of The Bahamas’ For Domestic Terminal — The Tribune / PopOp Studios

“Marching Flamingos” by Dede Brown (Photo by Patty Birch)
Artists Capture ‘Essence Of The Bahamas’ For Domestic Terminal
By JEFFARAH GIBSON - The Tribune
Originally Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013 by Lisa at PopOp Studios
It was a long road to walk for three Bahamian artists who were tasked with the responsibility of creating artwork for the domestic and international departures terminal of the Lynden Pindling International Airport almost three years ago. Antonius Roberts, John Paul Saddleton and Dede Brown were contracted to capture the essence of the Bahamas in art. Their creations were unveiled last week during the opening ceremony.
"From the second-floor departure lounge, Dede Brown’s marching flamingos can be seen in flight, a symbolic nod to the impending journey of those travelling to the Family Islands and around the world. Closer to ground level, at the doorway to baggage claim for domestic flights, the flamingos stand at attention, tanning and grooming themselves in a communal cluster… Earlier this year, during her Tickle Me Pink Art exhibit at Central Bank, Dede provided a sneak peak of her artistic knack working with flamingos. Unlike the paints on canvas that predominated the former exhibit, Dede’s installation are sculptures that consist of 75 life sized painted flamingos cut out of sheeted aluminum."Read more: http://www.popopstudios.com/artists-capture-essence-of-the-bahamas-for-domestic-terminal/

Detail of “Bubbles” installation by Antonius Roberts
(Photo by Matthew Cromwell)
"Veteran artist Antonius Roberts illuminates the terminal with his “Bubbles” installation, comprised of 150 blown glass spheres and 6 stainless steel sheets cut into waves. Bubbles captures the essence of the Bahamian seascape, embodying the qualities associated with the waters of the Bahamas: 'clarity of light, floating, weightlessness, translucency, freedom of movement.'"Read more: http://www.popopstudios.com/artists-capture-essence-of-the-bahamas-for-domestic-terminal/
Read more: http://www.popopstudios.com/artists-capture-essence-of-the-bahamas-for-domestic-terminal/  and http://www.tribune242.com/news/2013/oct/23/artists-capture-essence-of-the-bahamas-for/. About the artists: John Paul Saddleton: http://www.johnpaulbahamas.com/, Antonius Roberts http://www.antoniusroberts.com/ and DeDe Brown: https://www.facebook.com/dbrowntheartist. For further information about PopOp Studios: http://www.popopstudios.com




Popop Studios Teaser from Frangipani Film on Vimeo.
Short info video for Popop Studios - International Center for the Visual Arts.
Nassau, Bahamas.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Jah Mix Records drops new Gregory Isaacs track-- Jamaica Gleaner

Gregory Isaacs performing https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGregoryIsaacs
Jah Mix Records drops new
Gregory Isaacs track-- Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | October 27, 2013
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
Three years after his death, there is a new Gregory Isaacs track on the streets. The track, The Next 45 Minutes, is on a new CD titled Reggae Champions Unleashed, a 12-track album produced by Ronald 'Charlie' Abrahams, of Jah Mix Productions, on his Jah Mix Records label. Abrahams was in Ocho Rios recently as he sought to promote the album in Jamaica. "The Next 45 Minutes was recorded years ago, but we just decide to put it out now," Abrahams told Entertainment Avenue. The song is typical Gregory Isaacs lover's rock, in which he is telling his girlfriend that he will be visiting her in 45 minutes. The album, as indicated by its title, features several huge reggae stars including Michael Rose, Luciano, Yami Bolo, Anthony B, Bounty Killer, Mickey Spice, George Nooks and Frankie Paul. Also featured are up-and-coming artistes Exco Levi, Ryan and Sizemi, and Howie Smart. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131027/ent/ent3.html. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGregoryIsaacs, https://www.facebook.com/vprecordsmusicgroup/posts/10151828281063938, http://www.amazon.com/Reggae-Champions-Unleashed-Various-artists/dp/B00DUVT8EA, http://www.last.fm/music/Gregory+Isaacs and https://soundcloud.com/#jah-mix-production. Related article: http://mariajacksonent.blogspot.com/2013/07/jah-mix-production-presents-reggae.html


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Exhibition: “Creative Movements” - Recent Works by the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities ENDS October 26, 2013 at 5pm – Delta Arts Center — Winston-Salem NC, USA

Desmond McFarlane’s “Movements of Jah People” http://deltaartscenter.org
Exhibition: “Creative Movements” - Recent Works by the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities through October 26, 2013 at 5pm – Delta Arts Center — Winston-Salem NC, USA - Event Details - Time: July 27, 2013 at 10am to October 26, 2013 at 5pm; Location: Delta Arts Center; Street: 2611 New Walkertown Road; City/Town: Winston-Salem, NC; Website: http://www.deltaartscenter.org; Phone: 336-722-2625; Event Type: group, exhibition; Organized By: Delta Fine Arts, Inc.
Event Description: "Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts, Inc. Presents “Creative Movements” - Recent works by the National Alliance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Exhibit opening: Saturday, August 3, 2013, 5-7pm. Mix and mingle with the artists! Refreshments & Cash Bar." http://deltaartscenter.org
For further information about the venue: http://deltaartscenter.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/DeltaArtsCenter. For further information about the artist: http://www.artslant.com/global/artists/show/335127-desmond-mcfarlane and http://www.artwanted.com/artist.cfm?artid=48276

Friday, October 25, 2013

Exhibition: Artist Marielle Barrow at the Art Society of T&T ENDS Friday, October 25, 2013 — Trinidad & Tobago, WI

“Shark River” by Marielle Barrow. Exhibition Oct 16-25, 2013 at ASTT http://artsocietytt.org/
Exhibition: Artist Marielle Barrow at the Art Society of T&T from Wednesday, October 16 – Friday, October 25, 2013 — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Where: The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago; When: Wednesday, October 16 – Friday, October 25, 2013; Location: Corner Jamaica Blvd. and St. Vincent Avenue, Federation Park, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.; Tel: (868 ) 622-9827; email: admin@artsocietytt.org
About the Artist: Marielle began painting in watercolours, which influenced the fluid gestures of her acrylic works. As a dancer she was obsessed by the movement of fabric and the contours of the human form. Dance enlivened a figurative mode of story-telling where the energy exerted by the body pushed and pulled narratives through the landscape. Her more recent works have strayed from the mode of dance in a conceptual interrogation of issues such as migration and the Caribbean woman within a process of othering. Her works integrate photography and graphic designs with paint and collage. — http://mariellestudios.com/marielle-barrow/
Artist's Statement: “My work comes out of a simultaneous nostalgia for home and the relief of the ‘familiar foreign’. By contesting the divisions between the realm of memory, the present of experience and fantasies of the future, I play with notions of migration examining its effects on the body. The metaphor of the blinds of the apartments in foreign lands versus the curtains of my Caribbean home reflect isolation and comfort as well as a continuous process of masking and unmasking. Imprints left on the body reveal a politics of movement, space and place.”Marielle Barrow http://mariellestudios.com/marielle-barrow/
For further information about the gallery: http://artsocietytt.org/. For further information about the artist: http://mariellestudios.com/marielle-barrow/http://mariellestudios.com/feed/ and http://mariellestudios.com/

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Makeda Silvera

Makeda Silvera (born 1955 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Caribbean Canadian novelist and short story writer. Silvera emigrated to Canada at the age of 12 with her family, and currently lives in Toronto. She published two volumes of short stories in the 1990s before releasing her first novel, The Revenge of Maria, in 1998, followed by The Heart Does Not Bend in 2002. An out lesbian,[1] she is the cofounder and managing editor of Sister Vision Press, and has edited a number of anthologies, including Piece of My Heart, the first North American anthology of literature by lesbians of colour. Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makeda_Silvera and http://www.whoislog.info/profile/makeda-silvera.html

This is a review for The Heart Does Not Bend by Makeda Silvera - The first time I saw The Heart Does Not Bend by Makeda Silvera, I instantly picked it up. The cover photo caught my eye, and I knew it was going to be worth reading-or at least I hoped so. The cover has the face of a young black woman with her eyes closed, and the hibiscus flower just below. That was what drew me to this this wonderful book. The Hibiscus is Jamaica's National Flower, and when I flipped through the book and saw that most of the dailogue was in patois (broken English), I fell in love right then and there!!! I loved this book for many reasons: it was set in Jamaica, my homeland, it's about migrating to Canada, which I did, and the writer paints a picture that is so authentic; you could almost see, smell, hear, taste, and touch everything she writes about. She is like a painter, the way she describes everything was beautiful! I also loved the fact that the author was generous enough to include the recipes for Christmas cake, and Sorrel drink. I do plan to try these one day, since I've never made either one. It really took me home! I could relate to the story on many different levels, and felt connected to the story from the very beginning. There were a few similarities that made this book really fascinating to me, that I read this book in no time at all. At the end of the book I almost started reading it all over again because I now had all the info I needed about the different characters. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/The-Heart-Does-Not-Bend/product-reviews/0679311874/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1

This is a review for Her Head: A Village by Makeda Silvera - The vivid, colloquial speech of Jamaica rings true in Makeda Silvera's distinctive and imaginative prose. These are candid and compassionate stories about real, everyday people. Silvera's second collection of short fiction. Read more: http://books.google.com/books/about/Her_Head_a_Village.html?id=CqOmB276O2kC

This is a review for Fireworks by Makeda Silvera - Fireworks presents us with a collection of the high points of Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly. Silvera is the author of Silenced, Growing up Black, Remembering G, Her Head a Village, and the editor of Piece of My Heart. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0889611092/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=carijour-20&camp=0&creative=0&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0889611092&adid=1YV10DQJFFQ9SGA74P43

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sparrow out of hospital -- Jamaica Observer

Sparrow out of hospital -- Jamaica Observer
Thursday, October 24, 2013
CALYPSO legend, the Mighty Sparrow, has been released from a New York hospital one month after suffering a stroke. According to the newsday.co.tt website, the Trinidadian singer "is now doing well and recuperating at a special therapy facility." A release also quoted Sparrow's family: "The family of the Mighty Sparrow, Dr Slinger Francisco, is pleased to advise that he continues to improve day by day. He has now been moved from the hospital where he was recovering to a special therapy facility. There, he will undergo physical strengthening and other medical procedures to improve his overall well-being." There was much speculation about Sparrow's health in Caribbean media after news emerged in September that he was seriously ill. Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sparrow-out-of-hospital_15311123. Related articles: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sparrow-on-recovery-road_15262905, http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/sparrows-speech-returns-recovery-continues/ and http://www.jayblessed.com/2013/09/23/the-mighty-sparrows-daughter-says-daddys-sick-but-hes-getting-better-addresses-rumors/. For further information: http://www.mightysparrow.com/, http://www.youtube.com/artist/mighty-sparrow  and http://www.last.fm/music/Mighty+Sparrow


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Arts column: Hawthorne’s watercolours as fresh and airy as the landscapes — Bermuda Sun

“Emerald Wave” by Charles Hawthorne at Masterworks Museum
of Bermuda Art www.bermudamasterworks.com
Arts column: Hawthorne’s watercolours as fresh and airy as the landscapes — Bermuda Sun
Elise Outerbridge, Masterworks Curator
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Charles Hawthorne (American 1872-1930) was one of the early practitioners of American Impressionism having studied under William Merritt Chase at Shinnecock Summer Art School in 1896 and went on to open the Cape Cod School of Art in 1899. Hawthorne was fascinated with the beauty of Cape Cod, which fit perfectly with the “plein air”, style of infusing outdoor light with a wide colour range. Because painting “plein air” in New England was a little chilly in the winter, Hawthorne was encouraged by his students to start a winter session in Bermuda.
“He was in Bermuda in 1910 and stayed at the Belmont Hotel from January to April and painted one of his best-known paintings, The Trousseau using Bermudian models. The Hawthornes travelled extensively in the winter during the 20’s to Italy, France and Bermuda. Hawthorne was the consummate teacher and best known for portraits, but toward the end of his life, he concentrated on watercolour, producing a series of Bermuda work in which the use “of cool clear greens and blues. …”Elise Outerbridge, Masterworks Curator to the Bermuda Sun http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/LIFESTYLE/Arts---Entertainment/Article/Arts-column--Hawthorne-s-watercolours-as-fresh-and-airy-as-the-landscapes/9/908/71357
These same tonalities- transparent washes of subtle greens and blues occasionally enlivened with delicate yellows or the sparkling white of the paper”. Happily, Masterworks owns three of these remarkable works. Evan Firestone commented,” Hawthorne’s late watercolours are as fresh and airy as the landscapes themselves…” Read more: http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/LIFESTYLE/Arts---Entertainment/Article/Arts-column--Hawthorne-s-watercolours-as-fresh-and-airy-as-the-landscapes/9/908/71357. Elise Outerbridge is curator at Masterworks. For further information: www.bermudamasterworks.com. For further information about the artist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Webster_Hawthorne and http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/list.php?m=a&s=du&aid=1718

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Calypsonians tell stories -- Trinidad & Tobago Guardian

Vintage Steelband http://cct300-f07.wikispaces.com/Calypso+Music
Calypsonians tell stories -- Trinidad & Tobago Guardian
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Held on Thursday night at De Nu Pub in Woodbrook, Calypso Stories was an overwhelming success. Organised by Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (Tuco) as part of the ongoing obervation of Calypso History Month, the event was a talk forum at which veteran calypsonians reminisced on the art form and their careers. Among the bards “telling stories” were Black Stalin, Bro Valentino, Allrounder, Brigo, Contender, Brother Mudada and Explainer. Popular actor/comedian Dennis “Sprangalang” Hall also sat on one of the two panels.
"With the venue filled to capacity, the programme was hosted by “singing emcee” Short Pants (Llewelyn Mc Intosh) of Tuco South Zone’s Kaiso Showkase. One consistent thread which ran through most of the accounts was the invaluable contribution made to calypso and artistes by former Carnival Development Committee chairman Ronnie Williams; calypso icons Lord Melody, Mighty Sparrow and Lord Kitchener; musicians Art de Couteau, Frankie Francis and Roy Cape; and, administrators “Jazzy” Pantin and Sonny Woodley." -- T&T Guardian http://www.guardian.co.tt/entertainment/2013-10-21/calypsonians-tell-stories
Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/entertainment/2013-10-21/calypsonians-tell-stories. For further information: http://www.tucott.com/, http://cct300-f07.wikispaces.com/Calypso+Music, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calypso_music, http://www.davidmichaelrudder.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/kingdavidrudder


Monday, October 21, 2013

Exhibition: Artist Kwynn Johnson’s “How the Light Enters” at Soft Box Studios ENDS October 21, 2013; Art Review by Simon Lee: “Light among the ruins” — Trinidad & Tobago Gaurdian

Kwynn Johnson’s “How the Light Enters” at Soft Box Studios
through October 21, 2013 https://www.facebook.com/Softboxstudios
Exhibition: Artist Kwynn Johnson’s “How the Light Enters”
at Soft Box Studios through October 21, 2013;
Art Review by Simon Lee: “Light among the ruins” — Trinidad & Tobago Gaurdian
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Simon Lee
Artist Kwynn Johnson’s How the Light Enters exhibition at Soft Box Art Gallery on Alcazar Street, Port-of-Spain, presents a collection of drawings conceived and executed in the “ruinscapes” of Jacmel and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the devastating earthquake of January 2010. The collection explores the concept of “visualising absence and continuity” in the ruinscape and the show itself, which travels to Jacmel in November, is also a practice-based research submission, as part of Johnson’s PhD in Cultural Studies at UWI. Two major influences shaped Johnson’s research fieldwork, which began with her first trip to Haiti in December 2010. Initially she was looking for papier mache masks, which are just one of cultural products Jacmel, as Haiti’s cultural centre, is famous for. She travelled to the southern port (immortalised in Rene Depestre’s novel Hadriana dans tous mes Reves) in the night and awoke to the ruins of the town, whose architecture is echoed in that of New Orleans’ French Quarter…
“With many of the drawings one is first struck by the incongruity of the juxtaposed skewed perspective (a reality of the arbitrary re-alignment of planes caused by the quake) and the intricate architectural detail. In some of drawings, like Spiral 2012, there’s an over-exposed quality of light, which both suffuses and obscures, powerfully suggesting impermanence and the hazy recall of memory. But what distinguishes Johnson’s interpretation of the Haitian ruins from those of European artists and antiquarians who documented the ruins of Rome and Greece during the Neo-Classical era is the interpolation of the contemporary human form. Whether it is the stylised man holding a blind baby who dwarfs a huddle of buildings below him (View from Rue Seymour Pradel, 2012); the motorbike riders perched precariously above an arch (Rue de Commerce 2011), or the figure with a loaded tray on its head seemingly following its own shadow (Marche en fer 2011) this evidence of life and the ordinary captures both the extraordinary reality of survival and continuity amid the “fault” Quesnel cites and the total disruption of a built environment, an absence which is obviated by the memories and stories of the survivors.”T&T Guardian http://www.guardian.co.tt/sport/2013-10-09/light-among-ruins
... Read more: http://www.guardian.co.tt/sport/2013-10-09/light-among-ruins. INFO: Kywnn Johnson’s exhibition How the Light Enters continues at Soft Box Art Gallery until October 21, 2013. For further information about the gallery: https://www.facebook.com/Softboxstudios. For further information about the artist: http://artsocietytt.org/johnsonK.html, http://www.tweet-me-up.com/artists/Kwynn_Johnson/ and http://tt.linkedin.com/pub/kwynn-johnson/33/485/227. Related article: http://trinityaliceyardproject.blogspot.com/2009/04/haben-my-responses-to-red-appropiated.html


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Exhibition: “The Bahamian Collection” Showcases Uniqueness of Bahamian People at NAGB ENDS on Sunday, October 20, 2013 — Bahamas, West Indies

Exhibition: “The Bahamian Collection” continues through October, 2013 www.nagb.org.bs/
Exhibition: “The Bahamian Collection” Showcases Uniqueness of Bahamian People at NAGB continues through October 20, 2013 — Bahamas, West Indies
The “Bahamian Collection" at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas continues through October 20, 2013, under the patronage of Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes, as part of the NAGB's programming for the 40th Anniversary of The Bahamas' Independence. A collection of 40 photographic portraits of men and women from all walks of life, who together represent the heart, soul and spirit of the Bahamian character, continues through October, 2013 as part of the 40th Anniversary of Independence celebrations.
Event Description: “Called the ‘Bahamian Collection’, the exhibit is the result of the first year of the Bahamian Project and will be opened by the Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes. The portrait images will remain in the gallery on West Hill Street for three months. Both the opening night and the continuing exhibition are open to the public. For photographer Duke Wells, who worked tirelessly to catch the right expression and emotion and define the uniqueness of each subject, and his wife Lisa, who documented every step of the journey, the project has been as inspiring as it has been demanding. They started with an idea of some of the people they wanted to photograph and the list quickly expanded as their collaborators and the general public made suggestions. In the end, the ‘Bahamian Collection’ that grew out of the Wells’ gift to The Bahamas by its working name, the Bahamian Project, is an eclectic gathering of persons …”www.bahamianproject.com
… From the legendary conch man of Montagu, Mr. Miller photographed with his conch cracking tools in hand, to the Governor General and Lady Foulkes, photographed in the formal setting of Government House. From the cheerful phone card vendor near Mackey Street to the senior scribe Richard Coulson whose sharp and well-thought out opinions have often affected government policy, the series of portraits in black-and-white mirror much of Bahamian society. Read more: http://www.bahamianproject.com/2013/06/the-bahamian-collection-showcases-uniqueness-of-bahamian-people/. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/events/137562066448611/, http://www.nagb.org.bs/ and http://www.nagb.org.bs/Gallery-Events/Exhibition-Opening-40-Years-of-Bahamian-Art-The-Bahamian-Collection


Pepper-pot of creativity -- Jamaica Gleaner

Tree sculpture by Kenneth Blackman
http://www.holisticviews.co.uk/kenneth-blackman-the-wood-surgeon/
Pepper-pot of creativity -- Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | October 20, 2013
Amitabh Sharma, Contributor
Most potent things come in small packages, it is said, which might hold true for a landmass that can be traversed in half a day, point to point. The potency of creative juices is both intoxicating and a heady cocktail of cultures and media. Barbados, like the sister islands in the Caribbean, is one such melting pot, where the key ingredients of creative acumen, sprinkled with a liberal dose of inspiration are brewing under the crisp Caribbean sunshine. "There is a lot of talent here (in Barbados) and across the region," says Martina Pilé, president of Arts Council of Barbados. Pilé, a trained ceramist, who has made Barbados her home for the last 27 years, delves in various media, from painting, sketching and her island-found love, calabash - a fruit and a medium of expression. "We need avenues to showcase the talent," the newly installed president of the Arts Council said, adding that it is her dream to expand the scope of work of the artists, to collaborate and extend the creative footprint. Her thoughts are concurred with by Allison Thompson, senior tutor and head of the Division of Fine Arts at Barbados Community College. "We have immense talent coming out of the school," she says. "Every year, the students are getting better, they are willing to experiment and look beyond the obvious." But, she adds, lack of resources locally and the limited exposure are stifling the growth potential. "This can be addressed by working together with other artists, sharing ideas and thought processes," Thompson adds. Like the layers of ingredients and flavours that tingle the taste buds, there are varied feasts for the eyes dotting the island, some predictable, others that burst in a myriad unexpected places.
"(The) Caribbean is like a pepper pot of creativity, the kind of diversity you can find here is unparalleled," says Pilé, "We need to fuse these different flavours (of creativity and expression) and help them nurture, grow and develop." -- Martina Pilé, President of Arts Council of Barbados to the Jamaica Gleaner http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131020/arts/arts1.html
Pilé's studio overlooks the pristine turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, whose vastness, she says, inspires her like the cool sea breeze. Her works and raw material lay interspersed with the other, a fusion of media. ... Snuggled in the west coast of the island in Durant's Village is Kenneth Blackman's studio. Blackman's towering frame rises like the rainforest-like surroundings of mahogany trees, above the humble surroundings, a low-roof wooden hutment, which is his creative 'home'. Here, he is busy carving mahogany and giving it varied shapes, forms and meanings, using a chisel.
"'This is my little heaven,' Blackman says, pointing to the pristine surrounding that is dotted with his sculptures, some perched on pedestals, others etched into the bark of the trees. The lanky artist's work looks into the metaphysical in different forms and shapes, some query the lack of humanity - the wars and oppression around the world." -- Kenneth Blackman to Jamaica Gleaner http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131020/arts/arts1.html
Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131020/arts/arts1.html. For further information about artist Kenneth Blackman: http://www.holisticviews.co.uk/kenneth-blackman-the-wood-surgeon/. For further information about artist Martina Pilé: https://www.facebook.com/MzPileArtMartinePileZahles, http://www.artgallery-mzpile.com/MZPile.html and http://www.linkedin.com/pub/martina-pil%C3%A9-zahles/22/374/96. For further information about the Arts Council of Barbados: http://www.barbadosartscouncil.com/




Event: Peter Tosh Earthstrong Celebration ENDS Sunday, October 20, 2013 @ 11:00 pm — Jamaica, West Indies

Peter Tosh Earthstrong Celebration October 19-20, 2013
http://www.petertosh.com

Event: Peter Tosh Earthstrong Celebration – October 19, 2013 @ 8:00 pm – October 20, 2013 @ 11:00 pm — Jamaica, West Indies; When: October 19, 2013 @ 8:00 pm – October 20, 2013 @ 11:00 pm; Where: Peter Tosh Memorial Garden, Belmont, Jamaica WI; Event Description: Peter Tosh Earthstrong Celebration is a gathering in celebration of the life, music and spirit of Reggae legend Peter Tosh. For further information about Peter Tosh: http://www.petertosh.com/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Tosh, https://www.facebook.com/PeterTosh  and http://www.last.fm/music/Peter+Tosh. For further information about the Peter Tosh Earthstrong Celebration: October 19, 2013 @ 8:00 pm – October 20, 2013 @ 11:00 pm at Peter Tosh Memorial Garden in Belmont Jamaica: http://ireggaenation.com/ai1ec_event/peter-tosh-earthstrong-celebration/?instance_id=


Ali, women's rights and more at BermudaDocs ENDS Sunday, October 20, 2013 — Bermuda Sun

Bermuda Documentary Film Festival 2013 www.bermudadocs.com
Ali, women's rights and more at BermudaDocs — Bermuda Sun
from October 17 to 20, 2013
Sarah Lagan, Sub-editor/Writer
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
A documentary profiling legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, a film about the power of love and a documentary celebrating women’s suffrage in the Bahamas are among the films lined up for this year’s Bermuda Documentary Film Festival. The festival, run by Duncan Hall, makes its return to the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute from October 17 to 20.
“Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali is profiled in The Trials of Muhammad Ali, looks at his early days in Louisville, Kentucky, his sporting triumphs, his conversion to Islam — and his fight for justice after facing a five-year prison sentence for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War.”Bermuda Sun http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/LIFESTYLE/Arts---Entertainment/Article/Ali--women-s-rights-and-more-at-BermudaDocs/9/908/70633
Blood Brother is one of three Sundance award-winners to screen at Bermuda Docs. Winner of a Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, it tells of American Rocky Braat who gave up his comfortable western lifestyle to live among the dispossessed in India. There he discovered a life with meaning helping children living with HIV and AIDS. It will open the festival at 6 pm on Thursday, October 17. Bahamian filmmaker Marion Bethel will attend the festival with her award-winning film, WomanishWays, which honours and celebrates the leaders of the women’s suffrage movement in The Bahamas. The leaders of teh women's suffrage movement fought for more than a decade to win the right to vote for women. The film won the top prize this summer at a festival in Philadelphia. The film will screen at 8:30pm on opening night, and will be followed by a Q and A. For Festival Schedule and to read more: http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/LIFESTYLE/Arts---Entertainment/Article/Ali--women-s-rights-and-more-at-BermudaDocs/9/908/70633. For further information: http://www.bermudadocs.com/. Related article: http://bernews.com/2013/09/documentary-film-festival-to-be-held-in-october/


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Art Review by Anne Hilton: “Xavier, Peters exhibit in Horizons” ENDS Saturday, October 19, 2013 — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

'But for the grace of God, there go I' by Shawn Peters
See more of Shawn's work at Horizons Art Gallery www.horizonsartgallery.com/
Art Review by Anne Hilton: “Xavier, Peters exhibit in Horizons”
through Saturday, October 19, 2013 — Trinidad & Tobago Newsday
By Anne Hilton Monday, October 14 2013
There could scarcely be more extremes of genre in a joint exhibition than that of the Elizabeth Xavier/Shawn Peters show that opened with a Private View in Horizons Art Gallery on Tuesday, October 8. When I saw the work of Elizabeth Xavier displayed on the gallery walls I thought I was looking at photographs, but was assured that it is indeed painting (although the catalogue did not specify whether the pieces in question were in acrylic or in oils or a mixture of both and even something else beside). Perhaps the wooden stances of the figures in “Mayaro Vendors” should have alerted me to the fact that this is a painting – as well as the vegetation on the extreme left and right. Nevertheless, it still appears too realistic, that it might as well be a photograph. But that’s just my opinion; others may prefer to see the scene as it would be in a photograph.
“Dance of the Kite” is full of life and light yet here again the drawing of the figures leaves something to be desired in being static as against the antics of the kite…I thought of terraced houses collapsing when I saw “All Things Will Crumble and Pass Away”– and with that rather gloomy thought I’ll leave artistically inclined Newsday readers to check out this exhibition in contrasts before the show closes on Saturday October 19, 2013.”Anne Hilton for T&T Newsday http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,185017.html
… Read more: http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,185017.html. For further information: http://www.horizonsartgallery.com/. For further information about the artist Elizabeth Xavier: http://www.horizonsartgallery.com/index.php/art-gallery/category/100-xavier-elizabeth and http://artsocietytt.org/xavierE.html. For further information about the artist Shawn Peters: http://fineartcaribbean.com/index.php/v/original-art/shawnpeters/?q=gallery and http://shawn-peters.deviantart.com/

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Exhibition: Mark N. Pereira’s “Sundiata” – recent paintings, drawings and sculptures at 101 Art Gallery ENDS Thursday, October 17, 2013 — Trinidad & Tobago, WI

Mark N. Pereira’s “Sundiata” at 101 Art Gallery
ENDS Oct 17, 2013 www.101artgallery.com
Exhibition: Mark N. Pereira’s “Sundiata” – recent paintings, drawings and sculptures at 101 Art Gallery ENDS Thursday, October 17, 2013 — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Where: 101 Art Gallery; When: Tuesday, October 8-17, 2013; Previews: Friday 4 Oct Noon - 8 pm and Saturday 5 October 10 am - 2 pm; Location: 84 Woodford Street, Newtown, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, W.I.; Tel: (868) 628-4081; Email: marknpereira@gmail.com;
Artist’s Statement: “For me, natural light is an important component of the creative process. It determines tones, hues and colours as it is reflected or absorbed. Light is as essential for drawing and painting as it is for sculpture. In this show, I am honouring light and demonstrating how I have come to terms with it while preparing these works. I hope that I have managed to capture this in presenting some familiar subjects.”Mark N. Pereira, 101 Art Gallery http://101artgallery.com/index.html
For further information: http://101artgallery.com/index.html  and https://www.facebook.com/101art. Related article: http://buzz.tt/venue/101-art-gallery-at-holders-studio-540

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Arts column: Altar painter captures Bermuda — Bermuda Sun

'Red Hole' By Taber Sears at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art
www.bermudamasterworks.com
Arts column: Altar painter captures Bermuda — Bermuda Sun
Elise Outerbridge, Masterworks Curator
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Taber Sears was born in Boston in 1870 of Cape Cod ancestry. He studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, The National Academy of Design in New York and in Paris with Benjamin Constant, Jean Paul Laurens and Luc Olivier Myerson where his pictures were exhibited in various salons. He belonged to many prestigious art societies such as the Salmagundi Club, The Century Association where he was a Trustee and chairman of the Art Committee and The American Watercolour Society. From 1924-1927 he was a member of the New York State Art Commission. He was recipient of many awards including the Delano Prize of the New York Watercolour Club, the Bronze Medal for oil painting at the St Louis International Exhibition in 1904.
“[Taber Sears] is best known as a mural and altar painter, which displayed evidence of his architectural training by blending a strong pictorial style reminiscent of Renaissance artists with a well-balanced composition incorporating the altar structure. Some of his better-known commissions are the Triptych Adoration of the Magi Church of the Intercession, Joshua Crossing the Jordan Grace Church Choir School, Te Deum Rerados Old First Presbyterian Church (all in New York) as well as murals in Los Angeles, Newville Pennsylvania and Brooklyn.”Elise Outerbridge, Masterworks Curator for the Bermuda Sun http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/LIFESTYLE/Arts---Entertainment/Article/Arts-column--Altar-painter-captures-Bermuda/9/908/71142
Source: http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/LIFESTYLE/Arts---Entertainment/Article/Arts-column--Altar-painter-captures-Bermuda/9/908/71142. Elise Outerbridge is Curator of the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. For further information: www.bermudamasterworks.com

Vegas wants a legacy - Points to the need to put out albums -- Jamaica Gleaner

Listen to more Mr. Vegas at http://mrvegasmusic.com/

Vegas wants a legacy - Points to the need
to put out albums -- Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Wednesday | October 16, 2013
Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter
In recent times, album sales worldwide have been on the decline, though Mr Vegas, who has released two in a little over a year, is still working hard to get his music to the people. In May 2012, Mr Vegas released a reggae album, Sweet Jamaica and followed that with Bruk It Down 2.0 on September 24 this year. Since its release, he said Bruk It Down 2.0 has been "doing fairly well. It's good, people love the album". "It's online and we just out there selling CDs at concerts. You just have to give thanks. CDs don't sell in stores so much anymore, we have to basically take it to the people," he told The Gleaner, noting that in recent times, he sold the album at shows in Senegal, Panama and Nicaragua. He continued, "To put out an album one year later is not such a bad thing." From the new releases, Mr Vegas said an artiste is kept relevant through promotion of the album and tours.
"Dancehall is at a stage where the reality is that we are not looking for high numbers. I just want to make sure the album is good and people have access to it," he said, adding that people can get music for free through various online platforms. -- Jamaica Gleaner http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131016/ent/ent2.html
Putting out two albums - Although it seems there is method to the madness of putting out two albums in a short space of time, Bruk It Down 2.0 was unplanned. Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131016/ent/ent2.html. For further information: http://mr-vegas.com/, https://www.facebook.com/MrVegasMusic, http://mrvegasmusic.com/ and https://twitter.com/MrVegasMusic


Sparrow on recovery road — Jamaica Observer

Mighty Sparrow performing http://www.mightysparrow.com/

Sparrow on recovery road — Jamaica Observer
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
CALYPSO icon Slinger Francisco, more popularly known as the Mighty Sparrow, is making significant progress after slipping into a coma earlier last month. The Trinidadian's condition was recently disclosed by his daughter Michelle Francisco in an article published by the Barbados Nation newspaper:
“‘He is responding well to treatment and his health is progressing. Yes, he is talking and his health has improved. However, he continues to need prayers and we as a family are thankful for the support and the prayers he has received since he became ill. Thank God,’ she was quoted as saying. The Grenada-born Sparrow, 78, was in New York in early September to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate. He, however, felt ill and was rushed to hospital. He later went into a coma.”Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sparrow-on-recovery-road_15262905
The Calypso legend has a strong Jamaican connection as he was a close friend of the late bandleader Byron Lee (from Byron Lee and the Dragonaires), performing here in 1960s for the first time and a frequent face on Lee's Jamaica Carnival. Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Sparrow-on-recovery-road_15262905. Related articles: http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/sparrows-speech-returns-recovery-continues/ and http://www.jayblessed.com/2013/09/23/the-mighty-sparrows-daughter-says-daddys-sick-but-hes-getting-better-addresses-rumors/. For further information: http://www.mightysparrow.com/, http://www.youtube.com/artist/mighty-sparrow  and http://www.last.fm/music/Mighty+Sparrow


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tessanne scores again on The Voice — Jamaica Observer

CHIN... wins battle round (JO Photo)
www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tessanne-scores-again-on-The-Voice_15258850
Tessanne scores again on The Voice — Jamaica Observer
BY RICHARD JOHNSON
Senior staff reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
JAMAICAN singer Tessanne Chin scored another win on her journey through NBC's talent show The Voice aired last night. Chin, who wowed all four judges during the blind auditions broadcast two weeks ago, went into the battle rounds of the competition and was pitted against her Adam Levine-coached teammate Donna Allen performing Emeli Sandé's Next To Me. Prior to the performance, Allen heaped praises on Chin, calling her "a phenomenal vocalist".  As she prepared to take to the stage, the Hideaway singer stated: "I'm not trying to out-sing Donna, it's not gonna happen. I want to win this for anyone who has a dream and wants to make something of themself." The two singers then went at it, each trying to convince their coach, in whose hands the decision rested, to keep them on his team.  Chin utilised range and tone, while Allen stuck to raw power and passion to produce an electrifying performance.  In their comments, two of the other judges — Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green — named Chin their winner, while Blake Shelton gave the battle to Allen. It was then up to Levine to make the announcement:
"'You both know how I feel about you. Tess, you make everything so effortless. Donna, you were pretty astonishing,' he said before naming Chin as his winner." — Jamaica Observer www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tessanne-scores-again-on-The-Voice_15258850
Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tessanne-scores-again-on-The-Voice_15258850. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/TessanneMusic  and https://twitter.com/Tessanne.  Related article: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/results/tessanne-wows-the-voice


Monday, October 14, 2013

Exhibition: Artist Mary Mahon at the Art Society of T&T ENDS Monday, October 14, 2013 — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

"Lilac Clouds" by Mary Mahon http://mahonart.com
Exhibition: Artist Mary Mahon at the Art Society of T&T through Monday, October 14, 2013 — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Where: The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago; When: through Monday, October 14, 2013; Location: Corner Jamaica Blvd. and St. Vincent Avenue, Federation Park, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.; Tel: (868 ) 622-9827; email: admin@artsocietytt.org 
About the Artist: “Mary Mahon lives in Trinidad and Tobago, an island nation of natural beauty with a diverse culture that inspires creativity, both vibrant and beautiful. This is evident in Mary's colorful and expressive art, displayed in a diverse number of mediums including oils, weaving, beading and others. Mary studied art with Clayton Martinadale and she presently pursues her art at her own studio. Mary lived in Orlando for a number of years and during that time she has exhibited at many art exhibitions in the state of Florida. She has won many awards for her art in areas of painting and arts & crafts.”http://mahonart.com/index.html
For further information: http://artsocietytt.org/. For further information about the artist: http://mahonart.com/

Jah9 unleashes 'Jungle' video today — Jamaica Gleaner

Jah9 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jah9online
Jah9 unleashes 'Jungle' video today — Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Monday | October 14, 2013
Jah9 is releasing her second video. Following the release of the New Name video in late 2012, the artiste is making Jungle available today. Jungle gives another glimpse of the singer's neo-roots aesthetic and will be viewable online via Jah9's YouTube or Facebook page. The video centres on a prodigious child who learns from early to honour ancestry and community. It features luminaries within the Rastafari movement, some of them noted legends in the roots reggae genre such as Bob Andy and Kiddus I. The video is directed by El and Sameel Kush-I of DestinationRoots.com and also sees El Puru of HIMages and Gareth Daley on director of photography duties. Building on the video's title, most of the scenes were done in the West Kingston community of Jones Town, also former home to Rory 'Stone Love' Gilligan. Since its release some months ago, the Gilligan-produced track has been touted by many as one of the more memorable tracks on Jah9's New Name album. The flute from Jah9's musical mentor, Sheldon Bernard, is the single's lead instrument.
"Jungle shows the two sides to the story of life here in Jamaica. It reminds us that looking beyond the 'haves and have nots' scenario there is certainly more to life on this great island. With this video we might also shatter a few longstanding illusions about Rastafari 'livity' and reinforce the important role that elders play as we look to tradition to guide and strengthen us in this present day," said Jah9 about the song to the Jamaica Gleaner http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131014/ent/ent2.html
Read more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20131014/ent/ent2.html. For further information: https://www.facebook.com/jah9online and https://twitter.com/Jah9