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JAMAICA ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: October 18th – 24th, 2014

FREDDIE MCGREGOR CRITICIZED FOR DEFYING EBOLA WARNINGSβ€”10/18/14
Freddie McGregor, Jamaican superstar entertainer, has been the focus of anger among some Jamaicans for defying the Ebola warnings and making a promise to visit Kenya in Africa. He plans to honor his contract and perform in Kenya on November 29, 2014. According to McGregor, he must be “man enough” to live up to the contract he signed. He also noted that the promoters are taking a chance by investing in the show during the Ebola crisis. He will perform out of respect for the promoters.

REGGAE LEGEND JOHN HOLT DEAD AT 67β€”10/21/14
John Holt, one of the legends of reggae, has died. He was 67. Holt became popular as a member of the group The Paragons. He was a Kingston native and was active in the music industry for 50 years. Howard “Flagga” Duperly, an expert in reggae, said that Holt will be remembered as being in the same class as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh for his rare voice and effortless delivery.

OPPOSITION CRITICIZES HANNA FOR SLOW RESTORATION OF GARVEY HOMEβ€”10/23/14
Lisa Hanna, Jamaica’s Culture Minister, stated that the individuals who live on land at the childhood home of national hero Marcus Garvey will be relocated “soon.” Two Opposition members of Parliament believe the process of restoration of the home has not proceeded at a quick enough pace, and they are holding Hanna responsible.

SIX JAMAICANS RECEIVE MUSGRAVE AWARDSβ€”10/24/14
Gold Musgrave award medals were given to writer Anthony Winkler and art educators Petrona Morrison at the ceremony held in downtown Kingston. The Musgrave Awards recognize contributions made by Jamaica’s artistic community. Music producer Donovan Germain received a silver Musgrave medal, as did jeweler and metalsmith  Jasmine Thomas-Girvan. Bronze medals were presented to music producer Augustus “Gussie” Clarke and painter Phillip Thomas.

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