1. TALLAWAH’s 4th Anniversary:
As a leader helping to shape the cultural Zeitgeist, it remains TALLAWAH’s core mission to draw a line between culture and the style in which Jamaicans live their complicated and dynamic lives. As the magazine gears up to observe its fourth anniversary in April, the aim, of course, is to renew the focus of chronicling the best of who we are, while setting and attaining a host of new objectives.
2. Compelling New Reads:
Each year brings a fantastic bounty of exciting, noteworthy literary titles from both local and international writers. 2013 seems set to maintain that tradition with promised releases from the likes of Anthony Winkler and Mike Henry – not to mention new memoirs and story collections from a host of international scribes across the continents.
3. Team Jamaica at the World Champs in Moscow:
Given our extraordinary showing at the London Summer Olympics, all eyes will be on Team Jamaica at the upcoming Moscow Games, but in particular the powerhouse quartet of Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Yohan Blake, and Warren Weir. I am expecting nothing short of fireworks.
4. Reggae’s New School: Protoje, Chronixx and Romain Virgo….
Vividly demonstrating that they’re intent on etching their names in the annals of reggae history, multitalented artistes Protoje, Chronixx, and Romain Virgo have another monster year ahead of them. Beyond that, they are simply tapped for greatness.
5. The 3rd Annual Thespian Spirit Awards:
Entirely in keeping with its mantra of saluting the best and brightest in Jamaican theatre, the keenly anticipated Thespy Awards (now in its third year) is set to step things up another notch, with renewed emphasis on excellence in writing and direction and, of course, performance.
6. New Releases: Tanya Stephens, Tarrus Riley, Etana, Wayne Marshall, and more
I always anticipate vibing to fresh records from homegrown talent, and by the looks of things, 2013’s crop of releases is already taking shape nicely. Up first are the latest from reggae-soul queenpin Etana and dancehall soldier Wayne Marshall. Later in the year, fans can expect noteworthy efforts from the likes of Tanya Stephens and Tarrus Riley.
7. Maylynne’s Next Act:
Besides being drawn to her earthy sensibilities and fierce stage presence, one can’t help following what actress Maylynne Lowe’s does. Unsurprisingly, theatregoers are eagerly looking forward to our gorgeous cover girl's comeback appearance in Basil Dawkins’ Dangerous Ambitions (now playing) and subsequent performances throughout the year.
8. Pure Theatrical Magic:
One of the greatest joys of being a theatre critic is having the incredible opportunity to assess the annual offerings – and, indeed, the evolution – of Jamaican theatre and its myriad of talented practitioners. Kicking things off with the Jamaica Junior Theatre’s Alice: The Musical, the coming 12 months are marked by feverish expectation.
9. Awards, Awards Everywhere:
Glitzy ceremonies for the Grammys, Critics’ Choice, the SAGs, the Golden Globes, and Independent Spirit are all set to pave the way for Hollywood’s biggest night: February’s Academy Awards, where such films as Lincoln, Les Miserables, and Zero Dark Thirty will duke it out for top honours.
10. Jamaica post-Golden Jubilee:
As we move into the next half-a-century, it is a terrific time to consider where we are as a country, and where we are heading triumphantly. Full Usain Bolt speed ahead!