CHRONIXX COMMENTS ANGER YOUTH AND CULTURE MINISTER—10/04/14
Chronixx, Jamaican reggae artiste, has angered Lisa Hanna, Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture, with remarks he made about the lack of support from the government for the arts. The argument has been carried via Instagram and has attracted considerable attention. Chronixx criticized the current government for not doing more in support of local culture, especially reggae music. Hanna responded that she thought his remarks were unfair.
STINES URGES JAMAICAN ENTERTAINERS TO USE PRO DANCERS IN VIDEOS—10/07/14
The artistic director of L’Acadco dance group, L’Antoinette Stines, is encouraging entertainers in Jamaica to use professional dancers in their music videos. She made her request at the Creative Industries Open Day and JAMPRO headquarters in St. Andrew. Stines believes that local artistes do not promote their talents as effectively as they should.
CHARITY CONCERT TO BE HOSTED BY LORRAINE AND THANDIE KLAASEN—10/08/14
South African singer Lorraine Klaasen is scheduled to perform at the Jamaica Pegasus on October 12, 2014, with her mother Thandie Klaasen, legendary jazz singer. The concert will be held under the patronage of Mathu Joyini, the South African High Commissioner. Lorraine Klaasen came to Jamaica in May to perform at an event for the Women’s Health Network Africa-Jamaica Connection.
JAMAICAN NOVEL GARNERS WORLDWIDE PRAISE—10/09/14
Marlon James, Jamaican author, has written a book that is gaining the praise of top reviewers around the world. His novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings” was reviewed in the New York Times, which called it “epic,” “mythic.” and “colossal.” The novel is based on an assassination attempt of legendary reggae musician Bob Marley in 1976. It uses this incident to discuss the issues of race and class in Jamaica.