Thursday, 6 October 2011

J'CAN CULTURE ABROAD: Braata Folk Singers set to thrill in Brooklyn + Yasus Afari takes 'Pomedy' to the UK

POETRY MEETS COMEDY: Recording artiste, poet, author, and teacher Yasus Afari always aims to break new ground with this initiatives, and the multitasking edutainer stays true to form with his latest venture: taking his popular Pomedy series across the pond to Britain. Yasus and an evolving cast are scheduled to perform five dates in England and Wales, starting October 14 at the Broadway Theatre in Catford, London. Accompanying him from Jamaica will be poet and humorist Joan Andrea Hutchinson, a regular cast member of The Pomedy Show, which had its debut in Jamaica in June of 2009. The Jamaican born, British-based comedian Ping Wing will join show at the Broadway Theatre (Catford, London) as well as in Drum, Wales and Wolverhampton.

Yasus Afari says he is excited about performing again in Britain, even as the Pomedy events take place less than one year from Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of Independence from that state. “There’s an historical link between the two countries," says Yasus. "England has played a pivotal role in Jamaican history, but Jamaicans have also taught the British people a lot."

LIVE IN CONCERT: After two years of notable performances throughout the tri-state area, the Braata Folk Singers are completing their 2nd Annual Concert Season “Wheel An’ Come Again” at the Brooklyn Music School on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8:00 pm. Tickets for the event are US$25.

Acclaimed for their rich blend of Afro-Caribbean folk gems and spiritual-tinged tunes, the Singers continue to demonstrate a versatility and dynamic repertoire as it showcases the best that the Caribbean community has to offer in the Diaspora. According to Musical Director, Garnet Mowatt, this season will definitely highlight the musical prowess of the group. Says Mowatt,“The musical range of the artists has improved over the past two years and the selections, though musically challenging, have been mastered by the ensemble. Patrons can therefore expect to be thoroughly entertained.”

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