Monday, 11 February 2013

CULTURE BEAT: Jimmy Cliff secures second Grammy Award + Ardenne's Christian Allen to represent Jamaica at Scripps Howard

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Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff on Sunday snagged Best Reggae Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The win (for his acclaimed latest opus Rebirth) marked Cliff’s second triumph in the category as he previously won the award back in 1986 for Cliffhanger. The other nominees this year: Sean Paul, Sly & Robbie and the Jam Masters, The Original Wailers, and Toots & The Maytals. Rebirth was listed at number 12 in Rolling Stone's “50 Best Albums of 2012,” hailed as a “warm, wondrous album that plays like a guided tour of the island's musical past, as well as Cliff’s own.” 

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13-year-old Christian Allen (centre) of Ardenne High will be Jamaica’s representative at the upcoming 86th Scripps Howard Spelling Bee Championship in Washington DC, which is slated to take place on a date to be announced. Allen, coached by Rev. Glen Archer, emerged as the 2013 winner of the Gleaner’s Children’s Own National Spelling Bee Finals from a field of 13 parish champions last week. Glenmuir High’s Stephen Nelson took second place, while nine-year-old Chaunte Blackwood of Wolmer's Prep was third and this year’s champion girl.

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