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Published:Friday | February 17, 2017 | 11:53 AMMarcia Rowe

The National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) celebrates it 55th anniversary this year, and for the surviving founding members, it is a feat to be proud of.At the anniversary's recent media launch, The Gleaner, spoke to three of them - Bridget Spaulding...

Published:Tuesday | February 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

It took Donovan 'I-Taweh' Cunningham about three years to put together his second album, Judgement. The first, titled Overload, was launched four years ago. His timely approach in compiling the second album proved to be a good decision as...

Published:Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

It was high-quality entertainment at the Little Theatre recently when the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) and the UWI Singers came together to honour the late Professor Rex Nettleford in song and dance.Organised by the Rex Nettleford...

Published:Monday | January 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

On the stroke of midnight, the impressively large turnout of Jamaicans and visitors were captivated for 13 sustainable minutes. Eyes glued to the sky, they watched in awe another spectacle of explosions delivered by the Urban Development Corporation...

Published:Monday | January 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

While the explosive fireworks on New Year's Eve brought fun and excitement to the Kingston Waterfront, it was not so for one of Jamaica's veteran musicians.There was nothing sweet about the treatment of Bongo Herman, who felt he was unfairly treated...

Published:Monday | January 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

When the curtains closed on Genesis 2017, early Tuesday morning, the large number of unoccupied chairs only told the story of the size of the gathering. They would not be able to tell that for approximately eight hours, its occupants were treated to...

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 3:26 PMMarcia Rowe

It was a series finale that many event organisers would dream of: a line-up of only six performers chosen by audience members, in a previous show. Each showed their gratitude by delivering an 'A plus' performance. Also on hand was a large turnout...

Published:Monday | December 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

The Jamaica Youth for Christ (JYC), organisers of the annual gospel concert, Genesis, will be celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017. And in light of this major milestone, the 30th staging of Genesis on January 1, 2017 will signal the beginning of...

Published:Tuesday | December 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

It was a win, win situation, to go and see a performance by a musician par excellence, while giving back to your alma mater. That was the mantra of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Global Giving Programme, organisers of Sunday's Monty...

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

A number of Jamaica's talented musicians, from the trailblazers to the contemporaries, recently came together for a show that not only celebrated the first anniversary of Kingston being designated by UNESCO as a Creative City of Music, but to...

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

When the beautiful sounds of the alto saxophone and the complementary vibration of the string instruments faded, the large audience offered a standing ovation.The springboard for the ovation was the world premiere performance of the 2016 Xaymaca;...

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2016 | 5:20 PMMarcia Rowe

A La Hot Couture fashion show brought the curtains down on Touch of France at the Spanish Court Hotel Valencia Pavilion over the weekend.Coordinated by Saint International, the fashion showcase saw the bold, the imaginative, the chic, and the glam...

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

It takes commitment and support to undertake any venture. And in the coming days, the 10th staging of 'A Touch of France' will reflect this.From the 'tsunami support' of Ambassador of France to Jamaica Jean-Michel Despax to the continued support...

Published:Tuesday | November 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

There was a massive turnout for one of France's intriguing cultural experiences - the Beaujolais Nouveau party, at the Ambassador's residence in Kingston 6.It was a pleasant experience as the French Ambassador to Jamaica, Jean-Michel Despax and wife...

Published:Monday | November 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

It was a gala evening of storytelling at Ananse Sound Splash 2016, An international storytelling festival and conference.The evening's theme was Tell it for Haiti. The performers bearing folk and contemporary tales, catchy jingles and rhythms came...

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Twenty Caribbean thespians who have made significant contributions to theatre in the region will have their faces etched in the hearts of all who pass through the foyer of the Jamaica School of Drama (JSD).Over the weekend, specially invited guests...

Published:Tuesday | November 8, 2016 | 1:05 PMMarcia Rowe

It was finger snapping, hand clapping and feet stomping of a different sort that had some members of the audience mesmerised and others moving in sync to the tune of the all-female Spanish musical group, Las Migas.En route from Canada to Cuba, the...

Published:Monday | November 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Their bodies were the perfect canvas for the movements conceptualised by some of Jamaica's most imaginative choreographers. The result, a dance show of par excellence. So it was on Saturday at The Little Theatre on Tom Redcam Avenue when the members...

Published:Thursday | November 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

The bimonthly Jazz in the Gardens Concert held at The Pegasus hotel has become a mainstay in the musical diet of a number of Jamaicans, and the organisers have taken note.The recent staging not only had the audience rocking and singing to the...

Published:Tuesday | November 1, 2016 | 8:07 PMMarcia Rowe

Eight choreographed dances from seven innovative choreographers were brought to life by a pool of talented dancers from Dance Theatre Xaymaca (DTX) for its 21st Season of Dance.They, along with their guests, enthralled the audience with fireworks,...

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2016 | 6:48 PMMarcia Rowe

The inclement weather was no deterrent for a number of friends of drummer Junior 'Bird' Baillie, who turned out for a fantastic fundraising concert.While their presence was a show of compassion and love, they were also mindful of the number of acts...

Published:Thursday | October 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

Headline acts Ninja Man, Admiral Bailey, I-Octane, Romain Virgo, and Kevin Downswell put the pirate's charm on patrons recently at the Grace Tropical Rhythms Port Royal Seafood Festival.They had the crowd singing gospel, dancing and singing to some...

Published:Friday | October 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe

When the brothers, sisters and friends of Missionaries of the Poor met recently for a mass of thanksgiving, it was an anniversary celebration of quadruple proportions. At the centre of the mass was the Very Reverend Father Richard Ho Lung. He...

Published:Tuesday | October 4, 2016 | 1:20 PMMarcia Rowe

The audience was transfixed. On stage was a group of thespians with varied levels of experience, giving excellence to a script that cleverly juxtaposed the life and work of Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes.For some members of the audience, the...

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