Wednesday, 4 September 2013

THE SHORT LIST: Cultural scoop, news and notes you should know about

TV: Given her melismatic chops, it seems only natural that Tessanne Chin would audition for a fierce talent competition featuring similarly gifted vocalists from across the planet. The powerhouse Jamaican songbird has reportedly participated in the auditions for the appropriately named The Voice, which is about to enter its fifth season on NBC with judges/coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and CeeLo Green. Chin’s episode is set to air at 8:00pm on Monday, Sep. 23.

BOOKS: Apparently it’s the season for biographies on great West Indian figures, both living and deceased. On the heels of volumes about Trinidad’s Brian Lara and Jamaica’s Father Richard HoLung comes Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World’s Greatest Trombonist. Penned by the American scribe Heather Augustyn, the book (out Sep. 30 from McFarland Publishers) offers a probing examination of the late Jamaican musician, whose tragic life was also the inspiration for “Malungu,” a Clive Thompson-choreographed dance work that debuted during the NDTC’s 2013 season in July. 

DANCE/MUSIC: As is customary, the Little Theatre in Kingston will play host to the new season of the Movements Dance Company, presently in its 32nd year, from Sep. 6 to 8. Dubbed “Rite of Time,” the 2013 repertory is comprised of fresh and revived works featuring choreography by the likes of artistic director Monica Campbell McFarlane, Patrick Johnson and Christopher Huggins. Meantime, the venerable Jamaican Folk Singers promise a refreshing and entertaining programme for its latest concert series, running from Sep. 13 to 15 also at the Little Theatre.

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