Tuesday, 4 February 2014

CULTURE VULTURE: Chris Farley's Game World launch + Cedella's Three Little Birds revival + Poetry in Motion salutes Marson + The death of a reggae ambassador

THE VOICE: Jamaicans and international reggae music lovers have been saddened to learn of the passing of Third World lead vocalist William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke, who passed away in a Florida hospital earlier this week. "I am grateful and proud of his contribution to music," remarks culture minister Lisa Hanna. "He was a true reggae ambassador who, along with the rest of Third World, brought Jamaica's music to the rest of the world." Adds JLP Leader Andrew Holness via Twitter, "Such a distinctive voice. My condolences to his family." Bunny was 65.

STORYTELLER: Christopher John Farley, the noted Jamerican author and Wall Street Journal contributor, will launch his avidly anticipated new folkloric novel Game World at Lilian's in New York on Wednesday, Feb. 5, in conversation with DJ Belinda Becker. Meantime, Farley was among the presenters who participated in the 22nd African American Children's Book Fair in Philadelphia on the weekend, rubbing shoulders with such well-known writers and illustrators as Jenny Craft (Mama's Boyz) and Floyd Cooper (These Hands).

SHOW TIME: Cedella's Marley's hit musical Three Little Birds is still finding life on the New York stage. From Feb. 7-23, the production, being staged by the Adventure Theatre MTC, will delight viewers at the New Victory Theatre with its mix of song, dance and story primarily aimed at tween and teenage audiences. The musical chronicles the tale of Ziggy, a young boy who refuses to experience the outside world, stymied by a fear of the unknown that he eventually learns to overcome.

VERSE VETERAN: When this year's special staging of Poetry in Motion unfolds at the Manchester Golf Club on Feb. 23, the proceedings will pay tribute to the late Jamaican literary legend Una Marson (Tropic Reveries). "We want to salute the women of Jamaican literature. We want to bring awareness to the platform and the practitioners," event mastermind Yasus Afari has said. In addition to honouring Marson, the day-long fiest will showcase the talents of Dr. Michael Abrahams, Francois St. Juste, Dufton Shepherd and Kellie Magnus, among several others.

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