Wednesday, 5 June 2013

CATCH THE BUZZ: Ghetto Youths gear up for US Pacific coast summer tour + RFF 2013 poised to be the best in six-year history

Women filmmakers in the RFF spotlight 
As previously reported, this year the Reggae Film Festival is celebrating women in film. Four of the major films up for screening are by female filmmakers. Danielle Scott-Haughton will present Dear Jesus, her hit British-Black comedy series; Patrice Johnson (above) will introduce her US feature film Hill & Gully, while Paulette King's Forgiveness: Lessons of Life promises to provide viewers with food for thought. Rounding out the group is Jamaican-based producer-playwright Judith Falloon-Reid, whose Just Another Friday debuted in Kingston to positive reviews earlier this year. Though all of these incredible women have Jamaican roots, only Falloon-Reid resides in the island, but they will all be making appearances at the festival, which is being held at the Island Village Centre, smack in the middle of Ocho Rios, during Independence Week of August 1-5. According to chief organizer, Barbara Blake-Hannah, this year's iteration of the RFF (its sixth staging) promises to be the best one yet. Stay tuned for new updates. 

Ghetto Youths camp poised to dominate the summer 
Hitting the road in support of their February release Set Up Shop Volume 1, the Marley/Ghetto Youths camp (led by Junior Gong and Stephen) will be kicking off a US Pacific coast tour in Miami at the Republik Music Festival on June 14. The tour closes on July 2 following performances at Belly Up in Solana Beach, California. But the work won't end there, given the upcoming solo projects from the crew's new generation of reggae stars, including Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis (son of Alton Ellis) and Jo Mersa (Stephen's son), who all have new EPs debuting over the course of the summer. Then there's Wayne Marshall, who will release his keenly anticipated disc TRU Colours in late July. The album is led by such well-received singles as the all-star jam "Go Hard" and the fiery "I Know."




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