Jamaica’s cultural calendar is a year-round phenomenon, and it’s expanding. While this is not the only aspect of our creative industries, it is gratifying to see more support for reggae music evolving. Digital media entrepreneur Tyrone Wilson (who celebrated a decade in business last year) is busy again, breaking new ground. Over Christmas last year, … More More Support for Jamaican Music Festivals
Four days ahead of Christmas Eve, I am wondering if we are actually going to celebrate the holidays this year. Now, I personally am not particularly keen on Christmas (we don’t go to church, and we haven’t had a Christmas tree in years) but now I find myself longing for some Christmas cheer. Why is … More Help! We Need Christmas! Now!
You may have read my reviews of some Caribbean films featured in the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival in Toronto, which I posted earlier this year. As I observed: “Caribbean film remains vibrant and a unique reflection of our way of life, our ideas, our thoughts, our quirks and eccentricities, our connections with each other.” This … More Kingston Paradise: More Than Another “Ghetto Film” (Streaming This Weekend on Video on Demand)
I attended a remarkably stimulating event on November 29, a Salute to the Parish of Hanover. The Institute of Jamaica worked hard to put together a detailed, informative and altogether very satisfying morning. I wish that the Lecture Hall had been really full and that the media had shown up – there were many fascinating stories to … More Mr. Justice the Hon. Seymour Panton Speaks on Family, Hanover, and Jamaica’s Inferiority Complex
There is an old Christmas song, or nursery rhyme, in England: Christmas is Coming/The goose is getting fat/Please to put a penny in/the old man’s hat/ If you haven’t got a penny/A ha’penny will do/If you haven’t got a ha’penny/then God bless you! Well, most people don’t eat goose for Christmas dinner any more, and … More Buying “Social” (And Giving) for Christmas
What do you know about the parish of Hanover – the smallest outside Kingston? Actually, I must confess I know very little. I am not sure that I have seen the Ettu dance performed, either. So I am very much looking forward to this Salute to Hanover, next week. All are welcome…, especially Hanoverians. Salute to the … More A Cultural and Historical Salute to the Parish of Hanover at the Institute of Jamaica
There is so much unfinished business related to the Cockpit Country, one year later. I seem to be using this cliché so often recently: “The devil is in the details.” But it’s true. It is not enough to make a declaration, pass it on to the relevant agencies and then those agencies simply drag their … More One Year Later, Many Lingering Concerns Over Cockpit Country