GRAEME GOODALL DIES—12/13/14
Graeme Goodall, the co-founder of Island Records, has died at the age of 82. Also a music engineer, Goodall was involved with the earliest Jamaican singles that had an impact on the global music markets. He was born in Melbourne in 1932, traveled to London in the 1950s, and trained as an engineer there. He helped to install the first commercial FM service in Jamaica, Radio Jamaica Rediffusion, before becoming a force at Island Records.
ART CENTER AWARDEES HOPE FOR GROWTH—12/14/14
The second annual award show at the Philip Sherlock Center for Creative Arts honored several cultural pioneers in 2014. They included Dr. Hazel Bennett and Douglas Bennett and Anthony Gambrill, all of whom contributed to the development of theater or helped make the vision of Sir Philip Sherlock a reality. The honorees were hopeful about the future growth of the theater.
JAMAICAN LAWYER WRITES POETRY ABOUT U.S. IMMIGRATION—12/15/14
Sherna Spencer, a Jamaican immigration lawyer in Florida, has written a number of poems now collected in her book “Musings Allowed Aloud,” which is about United States immigration policies. She was inspired to publish the book after President Barack Obama signed an executive order giving five million illegal immigrants in the U.S. the chance to become legitimate residents. Spencer, who was raised in Mandeville, said the book covers various aspects of the immigration experience.
NEW BOOK DISCUSSES PIONEER WOMEN OF REGGAE—12/16/14
Heather Augustyn, a correspondent for a newspaper in Indiana in the United States, as well as an adjunct professor at Purdue University, has written a book called “Songbirds: Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music,” the first book about women in reggae. The book examines the mothers, wives, and daughters of those involved in reggae, as well as singers, instrumentalists, dancers, deejays, and producers who shaped Jamaican music locally and internationally. Augustyn is also the author of “Ska: The Rhythm of Liberation” and two other books about Jamaican music.