Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Exhibition: Featured Artist, Amel Chamandy, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge — Barbados, WI

Image: “CADENCE Glass Collection” by Artist Amel Chamandy at Gallery NuEdge Barbados
Exhibition:  Featured Artist, Amel Chamandy, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge Barbados (from the series “CADENCE Glass Collection”) — Barbados, West Indies; Event Details: Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Ltd. is located in one of the most prestigious developments in Barbados, 1st Floor, Building B, the Limegrove Lifestyle Center, right in the heart of Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Contact Info – Phone: +1 246-621-0067; Email: gallerynuedge@galerienuedge.com
Event Description: “NuEdge Design is pleased to present CADENCE, an exclusive mouth blown collection designed by Amel Chamandy™ This CADENCE glass collection by Amel Chamandy™ represents her latest innovation in object design. These vases are expertly crafted mouth-blown glass pieces made in Montréal. Their sophisticated lines feature a beautifully smooth luminous effect in soft tones. Their elegant organic forms are the perfect accent to any decor. Each unique piece is signed and numbered by Amel Chamandy™ Edition of 2. To receive more information please contact us at 246-621-0067.” — Read more: https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge
About the Artist: “Amel Chamandy is an artist and international art dealer. She is the owner of Galerie NuEdge, located in Montreal's prestigious art district "Quartier Musée" (1480 Sherbrooke Street West). Amel Chamandy participates in a number of advisory and benevolent venues including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, The Friends of the Museum Advisory Committee and The McGill Faculty of Arts and Science Advisory Board. She is the current Quebec Government Representative on the Board of Trustees of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.” — Read more: http://www.themontrealreview.com/2009/amel-chamandy.php
About the Venue: “Gallery NuEdge features the most sought out contemporary artists from the local and international market. Exhibits include art in the form of multi-media, sculpture, painting, photography, and art installation.”Visit our website: www.galerienuedge.com and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge
For further information about the gallery: http://www.galerienuedge.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge.  For further information about the artist: https://www.artsy.net/show/galerie-nuedge-amel-chamandy-from-the-series-through-her-lens-at-gallery-nuedge-barbados, http://www.themontrealreview.com/2009/amel-chamandy.php, http://www.artnet.com/galleries/galerie-nuedge/artist-amel-chamandy/ and http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/amel-chamandy/43/a46/982

Event: “Bermuda Harbour Nights 2016” ENDS on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 @ 7:00pm-10:00pm; last Wednesday, August 31, 2016 on Front Street in Hamilton — Bermuda, West Indies

For further info contact Bermuda Department of Community and Cultural Affairs
Event: “Bermuda Harbour Nights 2016” ENDS on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 @ 7:00pm-10:00pm; last Wednesday, August 31, 2016 on Front Street in Hamilton — Bermuda, West Indies; Event Details – When: every Wednesday through Wednesday, August 31, 2016. For further information contact the Bermuda Department of Community and Cultural Affairs
Event Description: “Harbour Nights is Bermuda's largest and longest running open air street festival. It run's every Wednesday night, from May 4th till August 31 on Front Street in Hamilton. Bring your friends and family to enjoy local artisans, musicians, dancers, food, snacks and fun activities for the kids to enjoy Harbour Nights on balmy summer evenings. For Gombey times, Tradition Bearers, and live entertainment schedule ...”Read more: Bermuda Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and Bermuda Chamber of Commerce-Facebook
The Origins of Heritage Month: “Civil unrest in the 1960s and 1970s prompted the Bermuda Government to commission a report examining the social conditions in Bermuda and make recommendations to promote a more unified and peaceful social atmosphere. The Pitt Report of 1978 gave an accurate representation of the social and racially tense atmosphere at the time, and included feedback from many Bermudians that suggested an event should be organised to bring Bermudians together in harmony and to build a sense of civic pride. It was decided that a parade would provide an opportunity for camaraderie and celebration, similar to the Easter Parade that ran from the 1930s through to the 1960s. During that time, many farmers grew flowers so that they could be in full bloom for the Easter period. It was also suggested in the Pitt Report that the proposed event capture the unifying spirit of the existing May 24 half-marathon. These events both served as inspiration for the Bermuda Day Heritage Parade which replaced Empire Day, the annual public holiday recognising Queen Victoria’s birthday. The first Bermuda Day Parade took place in 1979. Bermuda quickly realised that one day of celebration was not enough time to recognise the broad spectrum of Bermudian heritage and traditions. Heritage Week was born, celebrated in the last week in May. By the mid-1980’s, this was expanded further into Heritage Month with a calendar full of events through May that celebrates Bermudian culture, heritage, and traditions. Bermuda Day has become the culminating point of Heritage Month and one of the most beloved cultural holidays alongside Cup Match (Emancipation Day & Somers Day). On Bermuda Day, Bermudians showcase their pride in the beauty and diverse culture of our island. Heritage Month runs through Sunday, May 29, 2016.”Read more: Bermuda Heritage Month 2016
For further information: Bermuda Heritage Month 2016, Bermuda Department of Community and Cultural Affairs and Bermuda Chamber of Commerce-Facebook. Related Article: http://bernews.com/2016/05/harbour-nights-2016-opening-night-tonight/.

Harbour Nights 2014 in Bermuda - video by Bermuda Tourism

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Event: “AnimeKon VII: Quantum Age 2016” ENDS on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Llyod Erskine Sandiford Centre, Bridgetown — Barbados, WI

AnimeKon VII: Quantum Age 2016” August 27-28, 2016
Event: “AnimeKon VII: Quantum Age 2016” on Saturday, August 27, 2016 to Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Llyod Erskine Sandiford Centre — Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies; Event Details - Place: Llyod Erskine Sandiford Centre; Location: Two Mile Hill, Bridgetown, Barbados; Phone: (246) 255-4013; Email: info@animekonexpo.com; Website: AnimeKon VII: Quantum Age 2016 and AnimeKon Barbados-Facebook
Event Description: “AnimeKon has become one of the most highly anticipated entertainment events of the year throughout the Caribbean with fans journeying from Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia and Jamaica to be a part of the event. As the Caribbean’s premier pop culture convention, AnimeKon is dedicated to engineering a robust creative industry throughout the region, serving as an incubator where Caribbean nationals of all ages can harness their imaginative and innovative talent into practical tools that successfully shape their creative and business process. Having set an international standard for hosting events of this nature, we have attracted the interest of, and forged strategic partnerships with entities in Trinidad & Tobago, St Lucia, Grenada, Jamaica, the USA and the UK. Our fans even hail from as far as Portugal, India and Malaysia. As we enter our seventh year of the revolutionary AnimeKon initiative we invite you to see what all the fuss is about. Join us and become a part of the pop culture movement that sweeps the region ...”Read more: AnimeKon VII: Quantum Age 2016 and AnimeKon Barbados-Facebook
For further information: AnimeKon VII: Quantum Age 2016 and AnimeKon Barbados-Facebook. Related Article: Totally Barbados-AnimeKon: Quantum Age.

Animekon 2016 Teaser - video by The EMPIRE

Event: “Last Sundays, August 28, 2016” to feature 'Kingston – Part 1: The City and Art' Exhibition and music by Jane Macgizmo @ 11am-4pm; 'Kingston' Exhibit runs through Sunday, October 30, 2016 at NGJ — Jamaica, West Indies

“Last Sundays, Aug 28, 2016” feat. 'Kingston' Exhibit at NGJ
Event: “Last Sundays, August 28, 2016” to feature 'Kingston – Part 1: The City and Art' Exhibition and music by Jane Macgizmo @ 11am-4pm; 'Kingston' Exhibit runs through Sunday, October 30, 2016 at NGJ — Jamaica, WI; Event Details – Where: National Gallery of Jamaica; Location: 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies (Entrance is on Orange Street); Tel: 1-876-922-1561, 1-876-922-1563; Fax: 1-876-922-8544; E-mail: info@natgalja.org.jm; Opening hours: Tues-Thurs: 10am to 4:30pm; Fri: 10am-4pm; Sat: 10am-3pm; Last Sundays: the NGJ is open every last Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm
Event Description: “The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for August 28, 2016, will feature a musical performance by Jane Macgizmo and guided tours of the recently opened 'Kingston – Part 1: The City and Art' exhibition. Denieze Anderson, popularly known as Jane Macgizmo, is a recording artiste, songwriter, producer & designer. Jane’s artistic passion was instilled at the age of seven by her parents who encouraged her to take music and art classes. She studied film production at Northern Caribbean University and also became a designer & photographer, both of which have aided her music career. Her second release 'Babylon' quickly became an anthem to her supporters, as it captures the enticing and defiant nature of Jane’s music. It was the music video for this song, set in lush green scenery high in the mountains, filmed, directed, and edited by Jane and Tricia Bent that truly brought the message of the song to life and it has been in regular rotation on BET SOUL. The record label Zincfence Records has also released a dubmix of  'Babylon.' Jane’s inventive persona is what propels her works, without boundaries and across genres such as dubtronica, indie reggae, jazz and EDM. The fearless creative has a catalogue of exciting music, stimulating visuals, and confident messages in preparation for the world to experience. 'Kingston – Part 1: The City and Art' is curated by National Gallery Assistant Curator Monique Barnett-Davidson and continues until Sunday, October 30, 2016 ...”Read more: National Gallery of Jamaica
For further information: National Gallery of Jamaica Blog, National Gallery of Jamaica.org and National Gallery of Jamaica-Twitter

Kingston and National Gallery of Jamaica - multiple videos

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Exhibition: “The Observer” - show runs through Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Y Art Gallery — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

“The Observer” August 20-27, 2016 at Y Art Gallery T&T
Exhibition: “The Observer” Opening Reception on Saturday, August 20, 2016 @ 6:30pm-8:00pm; show runs through Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Y Art Gallery — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Event Details - Where: Y Art Gallery; Location: 26 Taylor Street, 2345 Woodbrook, Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:00pm, Sat: 9:00am-2:00pm; Tel: (868) 628-4165; Email: yartgallerytt@gmail.com; Website: Y Art Gallery T&T
About the Artist: “Ryan Huggins is an emerging painter based in Port of Spain Trinidad & Tobago. He has recently graduated from the University of the West Indies with a BFA in Fine Art (Hons) and is currently preparing to further his studies at the Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf Germany starting September 2016. Huggins has exhibited in joint shows over the past 4 years at galleries such as the Y Art Gallery, The Art Society of Trinidad & Tobago, the National Museum of Trinidad & Tobago and several other informal spaces in Trinidad. Huggins has also assisted in curatorial projects at the Y Art Gallery from 2011 to present. Exhibition continues until Saturday 27th August 2016. Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:00pm, Sat: 9:00am-2:00pm.”Read more at http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2016/08/y-art-gallery-presents-ryan-huggins-debut-exhibition-the-observer/ and Y Art Gallery T&T
For further information:   Y Art Gallery T&T and Y Art Gallery-Facebook. Related Article: http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2016/08/y-art-gallery-presents-ryan-huggins-debut-exhibition-the-observer/

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Event: NAGB Summer Film Series ends with “Rosetta” on Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 8:00pm-10:00pm at NAGB — The Bahamas, WI

“Rosetta” on August 25, 2016 at The NAGB
Event: NAGB Summer Film Series ends with “Rosetta” on Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 8:00pm-10:00pm at NAGB — The Bahamas, West Indies; Event Details - Place: National Art Gallery Of The Bahamas; Location: West St. & West Hill St., Nassau, New Providence; Phone: (242) 328-5800; Email: info@nagb.org.bs; Website: The NAGB-Facebook and The NAGB
Event Description: “The final film in the-the NAGB Summer Series is 'Rosetta.'  The last film for the summer series comes from Belgium (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, 1999). It highlights the universal desire of wanting a job and the power that comes along with having a sense of pride when providing for loved ones, regardless of the personal cost. The film takes place in Europe, but it could’ve just as easily been set in The Bahamas, and this was a concern we often discussed in selecting the films: finding topics that were universal. Subject matter that applied to The Bahamas and the world, to show our shared struggle and that we are, in fact, not alone in many of the problems we have to face as a society. All films are free to attend and begin at eight p.m. To make your experience that much more enjoyable, we will be offering popcorn and refreshments for sale ...”Read more: NAGB Summer Film Event-Rosetta
For further information: NAGB Summer Film Event-Rosetta, The NAGB-Facebook and The NAGB.

Rosetta 1999 Trailer - video by Jean-Bernard Thomasson

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Call for Submissions: “City Arts Festival 2016 Request for Proposals” DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 by the City of Hamilton — Bermuda, West Indies

“City Arts Festival 2016 Request for Proposals” August 24, 2016
by the  City of Hamilton
Call for Submissions:  “City Arts Festival 2016 Request for Proposals” Deadline: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 by the City of Hamilton — Bermuda, West Indies; Event Details – Where: The City of Hamilton; Location: City Hall; 17 Church Street; Hamilton HM 11 Bermuda; Telephone: 441-292-1234 or 441-279-5254; Email: info@cityhall.bm
Event Description“In 2015, for our 200th Anniversary year, the City of Hamilton decided to revamp and rebrand its art festival event so that it not only represented the visual arts but also the musical and performance arts, and thus the City Arts Festival was created. The City Arts Festival includes public art initiatives as well as an event featuring many mediums of art and a celebration of the art culture on our island. Our aim is expand the art in the City of Hamilton and bring all of the art communities together in one place where we can celebrate art in Bermuda. The City Arts Festival art initiative is to work with Bermuda’s arts organizations and independent artists to help curate and implement public art installations in the City of Hamilton. In 2015 we commissioned artists from different groups to enhance 4 locations in the City and as a result of the installations each piece has become a staple piece in the City, drawing crowds to our capital, loved by visitors and locals alike...” — Read more: City of Hamilton
Scope of Proposal“For this year we are looking to commission 5 art installations to help beautify 5 new locations that will be celebrated at the official opening event on October 15th 2016. This event will feature information about the new displays, a craft market, live music and visual artists ... Proposal Deadline: All proposals must be hand delivered no later than 5:00pm, Wednesday, August 24th, 2016. Submit your proposal to the City of Hamilton offices at the following address: City of Hamilton; Attn: Tamara Bradshaw; City Hall; 17 Church St; Hamilton, HM11...” — Read more: City of Hamilton
For further information: City of Hamilton. Related Article: http://www.royalgazette.com/news/article/20160815/art-ideas-sought-for-city-arts-festival.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Current Exhibitions: “KBB Trash Art Show” and “Revealing Wonder Woman Show” - shows run through Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at BSoA — Bermuda, West Indies

“Trash Art Show” and “Wonder Woman Show” August 5-23, 2016
at Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA)
Current Exhibitions: “KBB Trash Art Show” and “Revealing Wonder Woman Show” - Opening Reception on Friday, August 5, 2016 @ 5:00pm-7:00pm; shows run through Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at BSoA — Bermuda, West Indies; Event Details – Where: The Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA); Location: The City Hall Arts Centre; 17 Church Street; Hamilton HM 11 Bermuda; Telephone: 441-292-3824; Fax: 441-296-0699; Email: info@bsoa.bm; Gallery Hours: 10am–4pm Mon–Fri; 10am–2pm Saturdays
Event Description: “The Bermuda Society of Arts will open two new exhibits on Friday, August 5, with a free opening reception to be held from 5.00pm to 7.00pm and the exhibitions to continue until Tuesday, August 23. Regarding the ‘KBB Trash Art’ exhibit, a spokesperson said, 'The Bermuda Society of Arts presents our annual art show created entirely from litter, trash and plastic beach debris. The purpose of this show is to bring attention to the plight of our island home by re-using discarded items to create works of art. Most of the plastic ocean debris does not originate in Bermuda, but is carried here by ocean currents' ... The second show is the ‘Revealing Wonder Woman’ exhibit, inspired to honor the wonder we see in the women we admire ...”Read more: http://bernews.com/2016/08/dd-bsoas-two-new-exhibits/ and https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplesartgallery
About BSoA: “The Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA) is membership based organisation, directed by an 11-strong governing body who oversee policies and procedures. A Gallery Director and Assistant Gallery Director deal with the day to day administration and running of BSoA Galleries ... Affectionately known, as ‘The People’s Art Gallery,’ BSoA encompasses four separate galleries; the largest of which is the Onions Gallery, comprising of 2,000 sq feet, next is the Edinburgh Gallery, comprising of 650 sq feet and two smaller studios, Studio A and B, comprising of 450 sq feet each. With shows that change approximately every three weeks, BSoA usually hosts in the region of 50 shows a year and regular fixtures for member-artists include four members’ shows plus a members’ photographic show per year. In addition, the Society hosts an inspiring exhibition of art and sculpture by Bermuda’s school children and the Bermuda College each spring. Other regular features include the 'Mindframe' exhibit by clients from Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MAWI) and 'Timely Reflections' featuring art from Bermuda’s prisoners. At other times during the year, individual artists and groups of artists rent gallery space to display and sell their works. From time to time, the Society joins with other art organisations to host special exhibitions and events.”Bermuda Society of Arts http://www.bsoa.bm/about/
For further information: http://www.bsoa.bm/ and https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplesartgallery. Related Article: http://bernews.com/2016/08/dd-bsoas-two-new-exhibits/.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Event: NICH presents the “Belize International Jazz Festival 2016” continues through Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Bliss Center for the Arts — Belize, Central America

Belize International Jazz Festival” August 12-21, 2016
Event: NICH presents the “Belize International Jazz Festival 2016” from Friday, August 12, 2016 through Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Bliss Center for the Arts — Belize, Central America; Event Description - Contact Information: NICH Belize Office; Address: Government House / House of Culture; Regent St., Belize City, Belize; Tel: +501-227-0518
Event Description: “The Belize International Jazz Festival (BIJF) 2016 is from Friday, August 12, 2016 through Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Bliss Center for the Arts. This Jazz festival is an important initiative that promotes heritage preservation of the multi-cultural nation, through wholesome ecological and educational tourism. This process hopes to collaborate with local culture makers, small and large business enterprises, and globally renowned artists committed to social, cultural and economic well-being. Throughout the Caribbean, major countries have identified music as a draw to develop their cultural tourism sector. Belize has identified the Belize International Jazz Festival to be its own festival to encourage citizens, visiting tourists and music enthusiasts to appreciate the use of outdoor venues, heritage sites, local cuisine and experience a rich culturally flavored nightlife. This Festival will contribute to local distinctiveness and boost the local economy by building on or creating Cultural Tourism. This year our focus will be to create and promote awareness of Jazz in Belize and provide a learning environment for our youth.”Read more: http://www.nichbelize.org/nich-whats-new/belize-international-jazz-festival.html
About the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts: “Welcome to the flagship building of the Institute of Creative Arts. This striking building not only houses the administrative headquarters for ICA, it provides the stage for numerous memorable performances year round as well as plays host to a multitude of local and international cultural events and festivals, welcoming thousands of visitors and performers annually to Belize. Art Gallery - The Bliss Centre gallery hosts the first ever National Art Collection.”Read more: http://www.nichbelize.org/ica-bliss-center/bliss-center-for-the-performing-arts.html
For further information: http://www.nichbelize.org/ica-bliss-center/bliss-center-for-the-performing-arts.html, http://www.nichbelize.org/nich-whats-new/belize-international-jazz-festival.html, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belize-International-Jazz-Festival/1466155353623702 and http://www.nichbelize.org/.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Olympics Gold: “Bolt pulls away from the pack, leads Jamaica to 4x100 gold” Saturday, August 20, 2016 — Olympic Games Rio 2016

Usain Bolt Olympic Games Rio 2016” August 20, 2016
Olympics Gold: “Bolt pulls away from the pack, leads Jamaica to 4x100 gold” Saturday, August 20, 2016 — Olympic Games Rio 2016; Event Details: Website Usain Bolt Olympic Games Rio 2016.
About Usain Bolt: “Usain St. Leo Bolt, OJ, CD (/ˈjuːseɪn/; born 21 August 1986) is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest human being ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. He also holds the world record in the 4 × 100 metres relay. He is the reigning World and Olympic champion in these three events. A nine-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt won three gold medals at three consecutive Olympic Games, also known as the 'triple-triple,' and has a 100% win record in finals. He gained worldwide popularity for his double sprint victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in world record times. Bolt was the first to win consecutive Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles (2008 and 2012). In 2016, he became the first track athlete in the modern Olympics to win three gold medals in a discipline, which he achieved in the 100 m, 200 m sprints and 4x100 m relay ...”Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usain_Bolt
For further information: Usain Bolt Olympic Games Rio 2016 and Usain Bolt.

Exhibition: Featured artist, Neville LeGall, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge — Barbados, WI

Featured Artist Neville LeGall at Gallery NuEdge Barbados
Exhibition: CURRENT SHOW: Featured Artist, Neville LeGall, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge Barbados — Barbados, West Indies; Event Details: Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Ltd. is located in one of the most prestigious developments in Barbados, 1st Floor, Building B, the Limegrove Lifestyle Center, right in the heart of Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Contact Info – Phone: +1 246-621-0067; Email: gallerynuedge@galerienuedge.com
About the Artist: “Since 1984, Neville LeGall has mounted several solo and group exhibitions in Barbados. His work has also been shown in other countries including the U.K., USA, Canada, Germany, and Cuba. A past President of the Barbados Arts Council, the Artist has taught at high school level for several years before pursuing a full time career as a visual artist.” —  Read more: http://www.nevillelegall.com/
About the Venue: “Gallery NuEdge features the most sought out contemporary artists from the local and international market. Exhibits include art in the form of multi-media, sculpture, painting, photography, and art installation.”Visit our website: www.galerienuedge.com and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge
For further information about the gallery: http://www.galerienuedge.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge.  For further information about the artist: http://www.nevillelegall.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Art-of-Neville-LeGall/291443794338600

Friday, August 19, 2016

Amazon Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Marlon James

Marlon James (born 1970) is a Jamaican novelist. He has published three novels: The Book of Night Women (2009), John Crow's Devil (2010) and A Brief History of Seven Killings (2014), winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize ... James is a 1991 graduate of the University of the West Indies where he read Language and Literature. He received a master's degree in creative writing from Wilkes University (2006). James has taught English and creative writing at Macalester College since 2007. His first novel, The Book of Night Women, is about a slave woman's revolt in a Jamaican plantation in the early 19th century. James's second novel, John Crow's Devil, tells the story of a biblical struggle in a remote Jamaican village in 1957. His most recent novel, 2014's A Brief History of Seven Killings, explores several decades of Jamaican history and political instability through the perspectives of many narrators. It won the fiction category of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.  Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlon_James_(novelist).   Related articles: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/14/world/americas/marlon-james-jamaican-novelist-wins-man-booker-prize.html, http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34511049, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/02/books/marlon-jamess-new-novel-is-a-brief-history-of-seven-killings.html and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/10/marlon-james-brief-histor_n_6301492.html.

This is a review for A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel by Marlon James - Jamaica is a mother who eats her children. If there’s a message to this rich, complicated, wholly satisfying novel, that’s it. Everyone preys on the poor in Kingston, Jamaica, and the only way out is to prey on others. That’s what almost all the characters in this vast, sprawling saga do –they savage their neighbors for their own gain and then they too fall before other more savage, or merely younger, predators. Life is short, harsh, and violent in Kingston. No one leaves the game unmarked. “In the ghetto there is no such thing as peace. There is only this fact. Your power to kill me can only be stop by my power to kill you .... Who want peace anyway when all that mean is that you still poor?.” Crime and politics are pretty much the same game in Kingston. The novel starts before the 1976 election campaign. The island’s biggest celebrity, Bob Marley, or “the Singer” as he’s referred to throughout the novel, has returned to headline a big Peace Concert. Everyone’s there. Mick Jagger and the Stones –Mick out hunting for black poon. A freelancer for Rolling Stone. (He’s one of the narrators.) Everyone. Some of them want the Singer dead. They almost succeed. (This is historically accurate. There was an almost successful attempt to assassinate Marley before the concert in 1976.) Afterward, there’s a bloodbath scourging of the ranks of the conspirators so that the little fish can’t spill the beans on the bigger ones. The description of what happens is savage, visceral, jolting. There’s no room for gratitude or kindness in a world this poor, especially when the stakes are high.   Read more: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/159448600X?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=159448600X&linkCode=xm2&tag=carijour-20#customerReviews

This is a review for The Book of Night Women by Marlon James - I've waited two weeks after reading this book before I decided to write a review. I waited so long partly because I needed time to process what I had read and partly because the characters kept haunting me. The imagery of this book is so expertly written that at times I found myself mentally gasping for air. I could literally smell the "mint and lemongrass" of Homer and I could feel the physical and mental pain associated with purposely stifling rage and fury as a means of survival. I felt anger and symphathy for lilith simultaneously and I winced in empathethic pain as the characters were beaten, whipped, tortured and brutalized. The chapter describing the construction of the gibbet, the housing and subsequent hoisting of the men and women into the trees is what prompted the title of this review (I hope this sentence piques your interest into purchasing the book to find out what a gibbet is and why it was pivotal to my description).   Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Book-Night-Women-Marlon-James/product-reviews/1594484368/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for John Crow's Devil by Marlon James - If you are Jamaican, you will love this book, if you're not, this is a really good introduction to Jamaica. Though the story is fictional the characters are everywhere in this island. From the Pastor to the Apostle to Backra to the Obeyah woman, the characters were so well developed in the book that as a Jamaican I laughed at all the connections to real people I could make. All the little things that are authentically Jamaican will seem so true to one from the island, like the fact that a pastor is seen as a higher authority than everyone else and that he really can rule the place. As I read this book, I had those moments where I giggled to myself and moments where I laughed till tears came out of my eyes. Then there were the moments where I was just holding my breath and moments where I got truly vexed. For that, I enjoyed John Crow's Devil. What made me really love it though, is that it uses Proper English spelling with Patois grammer which made it an easy flow in my Jamaican brain but for those who don't speak Patois, you will understand it just as well. That little tiny thing, for me just says, as much as I know that non-Jamaicans will be reading it, I'm not abandoning home. Much Ratings on this project. I am just waiting to read the next one.   Read more: http://www.amazon.com/John-Crows-Devil-Marlon-James/product-reviews/1936070103/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Marlon James on his Booker Prize win - video by Channel 4 News


Marlon James "A Brief History of Seven Killings" 
- video by Politics and Prose

Event: “Rototom Sunsplash 2016” continues through Saturday, August 20, 2016 — Benicassim (Castellon, Spain)

Rototom Sunsplash 2016” August 13–20, 2016
Event: “Rototom Sunsplash 2016” from Saturday, August 13 to Saturday, August 20, 2016 — Benicassim (Castellon, Spain); Event Details: The Rototom Sunsplash is held in Benicassim (Castellon, Spain) in its Festivals Venue located at km. 986,300 on the N-340 national road. Benicassim boasts almost 7 kilometers of fine sand beaches, with breakwaters to protect them. The locality also has a wide range of services for tourists, with numerous awards for quality such as the European blue flags program. Stay tuned to our Rototom Sunsplash-Facebook page and website Rototom Sunsplash 2016 for breaking news on the 2016 event.
About the Event: “'Rototom Sunsplash 2016' from Saturday, August 13 to Saturday, August 20, 2016 — Benicassim (Castellon, Spain): The European Reggae Festival: music, peace, union, sea and alternative life style. 11 stages,7 cultural areas! On the Main Stage: ★ DAMIAN ‘JR. GONG’ MARLEY ★ MANU CHAO LA VENTURA ★ ALBOROSIE & THE SHENGEN CLAN ★ MORGAN HERITAGE ★ DUB INC ★ MYKAL ROSE ★ BERES HAMMOND ★ ISRAEL VIBRATION ★ TARRUS RILEY ★ TIKEN JAH FAKOLY ★ KABAKA PYRAMID & THE BEBBLE ROCKERS ★ FREDDIE MCGREGOR & BIG SHIP BAND ★ MARCIA GRIFFITHS & ASHAM BAND ★ INNER CIRCLE ★ MAX ROMEO ★ THE CONGOS ★ PABLO MOSES ★ IJAHMAN LEVI ★ MACACO ★ JUNIOR KELLY ★ BIG MOUNTAIN ★ WAILING SOULS ★ ASSASSIN AKA AGENT SASCO ★ SUD SOUND SYSTEM & BAG-A-RIDDIM BAND ★ JAH9 & THE DUB TREATMENT ★ DEAN FRASER ★ STEPHEN DI GENIUS ★ ALAINE ★ CHINO MCGREGOR ★ RANDY VALENTINE ★ BIGA RANX ★ ZIGGI RECADO & THE FORCE ★ YANISS ODUA & ARTIKAL BAND ★ VOLODIA & ARTIKAL BAND ★ GREEN VALLEY ★ GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB ★ DANIEL BAMBAATA MARLEY ★ RAPHAEL ★ JAHCOUSTIX ★ IRIEPATHIE ...”Read more: Rototom Sunsplash-Facebook and Rototom Sunsplash 2016
For further information: Rototom Sunsplash-Facebook and Rototom Sunsplash 2016.

Rototom Sunsplash 2016 - video by Rototom Sunsplash

Exhibition: “Art Camp 2016 Children's Exhibit” Opening Reception on Friday, August 19, 2016 @ 6:30pm-9:00pm; show runs through Saturday, August 20, 2016 at ASTT — Trinidad & Tobago, WI

“Art Camp 2016 Children's Exhibit” August 19-20, 2016 @ ASTT
Exhibition:  “Art Camp 2016 Children's Exhibit” Opening Reception on Friday, August 19, 2016 @ 6:30pm-9:00pm; show runs through Saturday, August 20, 2016 at ASTT — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Event Details - Location: The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago; Cor. Jamaica Blvd & St Vincent Ave; Federation Park, Port of Spain; Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.; Tel: (868) 622-9827 or (868) 738-8273; Email: exhibitions@artsocietytt.org or admin@artsocietytt.org;  Hours: 10am-9pm daily.
Event Description: “'Art Camp 2016 Children's Exhibit' Opening Reception on Friday, August 19, 2016 @ 6:30pm-9:00pm; show runs through Saturday, August 20, 2016 at ASTT. An exhibition with a difference - a Children's exhibit; admission free all are invited to pass in and view what the children have created at this camp. The Society thanks the sponsors for the children from various homes. ASTT is Open Daily 10am-9pm.”Read more: Art Society TT and Art Society TT-Facebook
For further information: Art Society TT and Art Society TT-Facebook.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Event: “EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO PRESENTS UPTOWN BOUNCE: FINALE” on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 6:00pm-9:00pm | FREE at El Museo del Barrio — Harlem, NYC USA

“UPTOWN BOUNCE” on August 17, 2016 at El Museo del Barrio
Event: “EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO PRESENTS UPTOWN BOUNCE: FINALE” on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 6:00pm-9:00pm | FREE at El Museo del Barrio — Harlem, NY USA; Event Details - Contact:  El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029; Phone: (212) 831-7272 | Open Wed–Sat from 11am-6pm | Email: info@elmuseo.org
Event Description: “Join the Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio for our third annual Uptown Bounce series of summer block parties! On four consecutive Wednesday evenings, dance to the music of New York DJs, enjoy gallery talks, tours, and art workshops, and savor summer drinks and local food. ¡Únete a la fiesta anual del Museo de la Ciudad de Nueva York y el Museo del Barrio en la tercera edición de fiestas en la calle este verano! Durante cuatro tardes consecutivas podrás disfrutar de la música dance de varios DJs de Nueva York, charlas en las galerías de los museos y talleres de arte. También podrás probar bebidas veraniegas y comida local. El Museo del Barrio - Fashion Magazine | Revista Fashionista; DJ Oscar Nñ closes out Uptown Bounce | DJ Oscar Nñ cierra esta última noche de Uptown Bounce; Create your own fashion zine | Crea tu propia “zine” de moda; Curator led tour of ANTONIO LOPEZ: Future Funk Fashion | Visita guiada de ANTONIO LOPEZ: Future Funk Fashion por parte de la curadora; Join Ismael “Ish” Martinez, Jr. for a presentation on his book Images of America: Las Villas of Plattekill and Ulster County followed by a book signing in La Tienda. | Únete a Ismael “Ish” Martinez, Jr. para la presentación de su libro imágenes de América: Las Villas de césped y Condado de Ulster, seguido por una firma en La Tienda. Museum of the City of New York - 80’s Dance Party | Fiesta de música dance de los 80; DJ Misbehaviour and a special guest spin Hip Hop, Pop, and New Wave | DJ Misbehaviour y un invitado especial pinchan Hip Hop y New Wave; Uko Snowbunny teaches Hip Hop dance | Uko Snowbunny enseña a bailar Hip Hop ...”Read more: http://www.elmuseo.org/event/uptown-bounce-aug-10-16/ and https://www.facebook.com/elmuseo
For further information: http://www.elmuseo.org/, https://www.facebook.com/elmuseo  and https://twitter.com/elmuseo.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Event: “Reggae Fest kicks off on International Reggae Day 2016” and ENDS on Saturday, August 13, 2016 @ Bahama Breeze — Multiple Venues

For further info contact International Reggae Day Reggae Fest @ Bahama Breeze
Event: “Reggae Fest kicks off on International Reggae Day 2016” Friday, July 1, 2016 through Saturday, August 13, 2016 @ Bahama Breeze — Multiple Venues, Global Event; Event Details – For further information contact - Bahama Breeze Island Grill, Paramus-Bergen Town Center, 1600 Bergen Town Center, Paramus, NJ 07652; Website:  International Reggae Day Reggae Fest @ Bahama Breeze; Telephone: (201) 368-5860
Event Description: “This summer, you don't have to go all the way to the Islands to celebrate International Reggae Day on July 1st. Bahama Breeze's Reggae Fest, kicking off on International Reggae Day, will bring the "don't worry, be happy" attitude to life with the sounds, tastes, sights and vibes of Jamaica. From July 1st – August 13th, the night will take on a rhythm of its own as live music fills the air, while Jamaican food and drinks lift the spirits. Bahama Breeze will turn up the party every Saturday during Reggae Fest, featuring live bands in all 36 locations across the country. Jamaican Jerk Saturdays will feature the top Reggae talent in each city, every week, so that guests can enjoy the best live music of the islands all summer long. While dancing their cares away to the sounds of of the Caribbean, guests can also experience pop up rum punch bars, games, giveaways and more ...”Read more: http://www.newson6.com/story/32334492/bahama-breeze-kicks-off-reggae-fest-a-celebration-of-good-vibes-of-summer-on-international-reggae-day
About International Reggae Day: “What do you think of when you hear 'Reggae'? Bob Marley most likely! He was the king of reggae music up to the '80s and is just as much loved today! Songs like 'Three Little Birds', 'No Woman No Cry' and 'One Love' are timeless! Not to mention his music also helped the spread of the Rastafarian movement! This International Reggae Day Festival is all about celebrating the power of reggae music in a relaxed atmosphere. The festival takes place every year in Kingston, Jamaica - and will consist of tons of musicians and reggae-lovers coming together. But before you break out the bright colours and log in to feel the vibrations on the day - you might like to know a bit of reggae history! Reggae music was a new genre that developed from R&B and Ska around the 1960s. Aside from artists like Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, reggae has also been sampled in other types of music. In The Beatles Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da a reggae rhythm is featured! To hear a great Beatles/Reggae cover, click here and jam along the rest of the article. There are different types of reggae too. Roots reggae, skinhead reggae and 'Dub' are all recognised. Heard of dub poetry? It's West Indian poetry being spoken over reggae beats. How cool is that?! ...”Read more: http://www.national-awareness-days.com/international-reggae-day.html
For further information: International Reggae Day Reggae Fest @ Bahama Breeze. Related Articles: http://www.newson6.com/story/32334492/bahama-breeze-kicks-off-reggae-fest-a-celebration-of-good-vibes-of-summer-on-international-reggae-day, http://www.national-awareness-days.com/international-reggae-day.html and http://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/featured/july-1-recognized-international-reggae-day-ird/.

One Love by Bahama Breeze Reggae Fest - video by MultiVu

Friday, August 12, 2016

Event: “Second Edition of WRITIVITY Workshop” ENDS on Friday, August 12, 2016 @ 9:30am - 1:30pm at NGJ — Jamaica, West Indies

“2nd Edition: WRITIVITY Workshop” August 8-12, 2016
at National Gallery of Jamaica
Event: “Second Edition of WRITIVITY Workshop” beginning on Monday, August 8, 2016 and ends on Friday, August 12, 2016 @ 9:30am - 1:30pm at NGJ — Jamaica, West Indies; Event Details – Where: National Gallery of Jamaica; Location: 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C, Kingston, Jamaica (Entrance is on Orange Street); Telephone: 1-876-922-1561, 1-876-922-1563; Fax: 1-876-922-8544; E-mail: info@natgalja.org.jm; Opening hours: Tues-Thurs: 10am to 4:30pm; Fri: 10am-4pm; Sat: 10am-3pm; Last Sundays: the NGJ is open every last Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm
Event Description: “The National Gallery of Jamaica (NGJ) is proud to announce that it will be holding the second edition of its workshop programme, 'WRITIVITY,' which begins on Monday, August 8 and will continue until Friday, August 12, 2016. Inaugurated last year, the 'WRITIVTY' workshop is designed for grade 10 and 11 students, who are preparing to sit Visual Arts examinations for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC). The workshop is coordinated by the NGJ’s Education Department and forms part of the Gallery’s summer programme schedule. The main goal of 'WRITIVITY' is to assist students with the development of a visual arts reflective journal, which is a key component of CSEC’s School Based Assessment (SBA) submission. By participating in 'WRITIVITY,' students will be taught how to properly prepare entries for the journal, analyze art pieces and conduct art related research, within sessions utilize the NGJ’s art collection and document resources. All activities for the 'WRITIVITY' will be held at the National Gallery of Jamaica from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Persons interested in the workshop should contact the NGJ in order to register. The cost of registration is one thousand dollars ($1000) and due to limited space, applicants are being encouraged to register early ...”Read more: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/
For further information: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/, http://natgalja.org.jm/ioj_wp/ and https://twitter.com/natgalleryja