Friday, 5 October 2012

BITS & PIECES: Winnie arrives in theatres + World-A-Reggae exhibit now on view

BEST IN SHOW: “It really shows in a very graphic and visual way the global reach of Jamaican music,” said Veerle Poupeye, executive director of the National Gallery of Jamaica, referring to the new World-A-Reggae display, which got a launch last Sunday morning at the Downtown-situated gallery. “We thought that this was the best possible compliment that could be paid to Jamaica on the occasion of Jamaica 50.” Featuring some 100 entries from the first International Reggae Poster Contest, the exhibition illuminates the cross-fertilization of music and art, as well as the global reach of Jamaica’s reggae, while celebrating diverse aspects of the music and such icons as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear and Lee Scratch Perry. On view through November.
LOVE STORY: Led by turns from Jennifer Hudson (in the titular role) and Terrence Howard (as Nelson Mandela), the long-awaited Winnie Mandela biopic, Winnie, debuts in theatres around the world (in limited release) this weekend. So far, the project has attracted mixed reviews from citics, with the Vancouver Sun in particular calling it "flawed." A 2011 drama film adaptation of Anne Marie du Preez Bezrob's biography, the film is directed by Darrell Roodt.

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