MARIAH CAREY HEADLINES JAMAICA JAZZ, BLUES FESTIVAL—11/01/14
Superstar singer Mariah Carey is set to make her debut in the Caribbean by performing at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Jamaica in 2015. The 19th annual staging of the festival is scheduled for January 29-31, 2015. According to Walter Elmore, festival producer, it is very exciting to welcome Mariah Carey to Jamaica as the headline act of the 2015 event.
FOURTH INTERNATIONAL REGGAE CONFERENCE SCHEDULED AT UWI—11/04/14
Jamaica’s University of the West Indies will hold the fourth International Reggae Conference in February 2015. Previously known as the Global Reggae Conference, the event offers four days of celebration of the Caribbean’s most popular music. The event is hosted by the Institute of Caribbean Studies and the Reggae Studies unit at the university. The theme of the conference is “Musical Legends and Cultural Legacies.”
FILM PAYS HOMAGE TO APACHE CHIEF—11/06/14
The comedian Apache Chief is the subject of a film made by local Jamaican director Craig “Amaziha The Great” Kirkland. Apache Chief, whose real name was Garnet Allen, died in 2013. He and his partner Sarge were popular entertainers featured in several notable events and venues. The film includes original footage of the comedic team that has not been screened to date. The 20-minute film is called “Natty Ragu and Flimsy” and had started production before Apache Chief’s illness and had to rely on material on hand to be completed.
ETANA AT THE TOP OF BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART—11/07/14
Etana, Jamaican reggae artiste, is ranked at the top of Billboard’s Reggae album chart. This is the first time in 17 years that a female Jamaican reggae musician has reached the top spot. The album, which is called “Rise,” rose from an opening rank of seven to number one in a week. This is Etana’s fourth entry to the album chart.