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JAMAICA ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: October 11th – 17th, 2014

LUCIANO CANCELS AFRICAN TOUR DUE TO EBOLA FEARSβ€”10/11/14
Luciano, Jamaican reggae musician, has decided to cancel his African tour because of the Ebola virus epidemic. According to his booking agent Sonia Sterling, Luciano changed his mind about the tour after doing some research about the disease and noting the fears that are spreading panic in the countries of Western Africa.

“DESTINY” CALLED A “TRULY JAMAICAN” FILMβ€”10/15/14
“Destiny,” a romantic drama directed by Jeremy Whittaker, premiered at Carib 5 cinema in St. Andrew to a crowd of special guests and cast members. The film received excellent reviews at the Reel World Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, but had never been screened on the home island before. “Destiny” was shot in Jamaica for just under $1 million and is based on the story of Lisa who visits the island from Canada to sell her family’s estate. It tells the story of how she reconnects with her Jamaican family.

MONTY ALEXANDER NOMINATED FOR SOUL TRAIN AWARDβ€”10/16/14
Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander, whose career has spanned more than 50 years, has received a nomination for a 2014 Soul Train Music Award. Alexander, who was born in Kingston, will have his latest album “Concierto de Aranjuez” competing with albums by Kenny Garrett, Audra McDonald, Wynton Marsalis, and Gregory Porter in the “Best Traditional Jazz Performance” category. This is the first Soul Train nomination for Alexander.

CARIBBEAN PROMOTERS CO-OPERATE ON TWO-DAY MUSIC FESTIVALβ€”10/17/14
A group of Caribbean music promoters has joined efforts for a two-day music festival called “One Caribbean.” It is scheduled for December 13 and 14, 2014, at Central Broward Regional Park in Miami, Florida. The festival promoters, who include Walter Elmore of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, decided to put on the show in July 2014. They wanted to bring the best possible team to promote the event and leveraged relationships they have both in and out of Jamaica to develop the alliance. The promotion group includes representatives from St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos, and St. Kitts, along with Jamaica.

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