Friday, 22 March 2013

IN THE MIX: Culture and entertainment news from the worlds of film, theatre and music

Career retrospective for an '80s icon 
An original dancehall toaster is getting the kind of tribute he truly deserves. Groundbreaking eighties icon Yellowman's Young, Gifted & Yellow will hit store shelves on April 23 as the latest all-reggae and dancehall anthology from VP Records/17 North Parade. The 2CD/DVD collectors' item features 40 fully remastered essential tracks of both classic and obscure material throughout Yellowman's prolific career. As an added bonus, the deluxe package will include thorough liner notes written by reggae historian Noel Hawkes and a 25-minute DVD of Yellowman's 1988 electrifying live performance at Reggae Sumfest. 

Shaggy thrilled about 'epic' new effort 
Dancehall-pop heavy-hitter Shaggy is one step closer to completing work on his eagerly awaited, as-yet-untitled new studio album, which is largely being produced by fellow Grammy winners Sly & Robbie. "Excited about my Sly & Robbie album," the diamond-selling superstar wrote on his Facebook fan page Thursday. "Sting International is finishing up the mixes. Can't wait for you to hear this epic project." The new disc will be the first major effort off Shaggy's Ranch Entertainment label, which he officially introduced last month in Kingston. 

Tulloch plays it again 
Hardworking playwright-producer David Tulloch is making good on his promise to bring his 21-and-over drama Risque to the Kingston stage. The provocative play, which features full-frontal nudity (among other notables), was first mounted at Montego Bay's Fairfield Theatre last December for a limited run. Come Saturday, March 30, corporate-area theatregoers can witness the spectacle for themselves at New Kingston's Stages Theatreplex. Sounds like a night to remember. Tickets: 442-1669. 

For a worthy cause: WEEKEND PICK 
Classic Duets will be the first in a series of events leading up to the annual Gungo Walk Festival in August. This is an event that sees artists coming together and performing classics and standards, with proceeds going towards a selected charity/beneficiary. This year’s staging will be this Friday, March 22 at the Red Bones Blues Café beginning at 9:30pm. This year's beneficiary is Oshane Murray, who is recovering from spinal injuries resulting from a cheerleading accident. Hitting the stage will be Aisha Davis, Michael Sean Harris, Di Blueprint, Bryan Art, Stephanie, Mario Evon, SeZi, Charmaine Limonious, Samuele Vivian and more. Info: 978-6091.

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