Sunday, 18 November 2012

RIFFS & RHYTHMS: Jimi’s Jam returns to mark Hendrix’s 70th with a celebration of the man and his music

WE JAMMIN': Musicians delight patrons at last year's event. Inset, Hendrix in his prime.

“You and your team deserve my expression of appreciation for an exhilarating afternoon in a breathtakingly scenic location. It was filled with great recorded music and fascinating live musicianship.” That’s precisely what Charles Campbell commented to conceptualizer Leahcim Semaj at the end of last year’s inaugural staging of Jimi’s Jam. Semaj and his team took the glowing feedback to heart and are set to reprise the free-to-the-public event next Sunday (Nov. 25) with Jimi’s Jam: The Listening Party Edition at their increasingly popular Asante Adonai organic farm in Winefield, St. Ann. 

Put on in memory of Jimi Hendrix, widely considered the greatest guitarist in musical history, whose 70th birthday will be observed the following Tuesday, the event promised to be another delightful celebration of his music. “I saw Hendrix perform when I was 18. I had recently arrived in America and to see a Black man with such mastery of an instrument, was freeing,” confesses Semaj. “It convinced me that anything I put my mind to, I could do.” 

Very much like the 2011 iteration, patrons are in for a richly rhythmic afternoon. Check out the day’s programme (and to learn more and get directions, go to 

Noon to 1:30 pm: The Mind Expansion Audio Experience will provide an opportunity to listen to every Hendrix song ever recorded – in formats ranging from Vinyl to CDs to MP3. There will also be a guided Earthing Experience from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. 

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm: The Fillmore Tropic Theatre is set to showcase interviews with Hendrix as well as a documentary on his life. 

2:31 pm to 4:00 pm: The Mind Expansion Audio Experience will resume with DJ Afifa and Mutabaruka sharing their favourite Hendrix songs. Another guided Earthing Experience is scheduled for 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. 

4:01 pm to 5:00 pm: During this ‘Genius at Work’ segment guitarists can play their favorite Hendrix songs. There is also a challenge for them to play a Hendrix-style rendition of the Jamaican National Anthem. 

5:01 pm to 6:00 pm: A resumption of The Mind Expansion Audio Experience continues and the bonfire is lit.

Sound & Substance: Highlights from Jimi’s Jam 2011

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