Saturday, 14 June 2014

CULTURE VULTURE: Cross-cultural gospel takes centrestage + Reggae legend revisited + Jamaican designers storm CFW 2014

BOOK: Reggae is set to continue its swaggering dominion of bookstores this December, with the release of The Half That's Never Been Told: The Real Life Reggae Adventures of Doctor Dread (Akashic Books), which its publishers have described as "a passionate memoir and fearless behind-the-scenes look at the personal lives of the biggest reggae stars in the world." Due out December 2, with a preface by Original Wailer Neville 'Bunny Wailer' Livingston, the book was compiled by Doctor Dread, who has committed his life to promoting reggae music and releasing it via his RAS Records label. On the heels of new books about Peter Tosh and with a few Bob Marley-related titles on the way, The Half That's Never Been Told should win over readers with its behind-the-scenes stories that reveal aspects of reggae never before explored.

FASHION: Sure the venerable likes of Claudia Pegus (Trinidad), Meiling (Trinidad), Gavin Douglas (U.K.), Everblazing (Italy) and Honorine Amoussou (Benin) will command attention, but all eyes will be on the strong 11-member Jamaican contingent as the 2014 collections are unveiled at Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) in Kingston this weekend. Emerging talents like Gillian E, Suzilee Chambers and Denyque will aim to hold their own alongside more seasoned colleagues like Moncrieffe, Hope Wade, Jacqui Cohen/Mutamba, Julliet Dyke and Cedella Marley (above), whose Sunday-night presentation is the most avidly anticipated of the lot. Over 30 collections (couture, swimwear, accessories) will light up the CFW catwalk this season.

MUSIC: An exciting cast of Jamaican and Trinidadian gospel entertainers have teamed up to produce the first-ever Caribbean Gospel Escape (CGE) extravaganza, which is on this weekend across Jamaica, with shows slated for Montego Bay, Mandeville and the final leg in Kingston on Sunday (July 15) at the Police Officers' Club, featuring performances by DJ Nicholas (pictured), Sister Scully, Omari, among numerous others. "The vision of CGE is really to bring a cross-cultural musical experience every summer," explains co-producer Kevin Smith. "We intend to replicate this throughout the Caribbean and through this continue to create avenues that educate and support youth and their various issues."

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