THE KID: KOTE event locations are terrific spots to reconnect with longtime favourite artists and to discover fantastic new talents. I got a chance to chat with Worton, a uniquely gifted indie-folk rocker who marches to the beat of his own drum. Offering sturdy originals and covers, he gave a solid yet minimalist performance at the KOTE opening ceremony. As it turns out, he also plays guitar as a member of Protoje's Indiggnation band. "I've always had my solo projects, so even when I started playing with him, I had been doing my own thing. But I'm definitely busier now because we tour a lot," says the 35-year-old, who's working on his first solo album, with influences ranging from Bob Marley to Jimi Hendrix. On life as an indie musician, he concedes, "Sometimes it's better being an unknown artiste than a big artiste with too much hype." And where does he see himself in 10 years? "I really want to be producing. And it's a dream of mine to be making Jamaican guitars."
TRUTH TO POWER: With North Parade, Downtown Kingston, all abuzz on Sunday, what with the Ward Theatre Project taking centrestage, I headed over to Liberty Hall on King Street for a screening of the documentary Hidden Colors: The Untold History of People of Aboriginal, Moor and African Descent, Tariq Nasheed's powerful look at reasons Black people have been left out of the pages of history. I was blown away. Relentless and informative, the doc combines interviews (scholars, historians) with archival footage to paint a compelling portrait of the woefully undersung roles Blacks have played for centuries in everything from science and art to sports and military technique — achievements subjected to the horrors of prejudice and racism. A three-part series, Nasheed's production is an important document every living Black person should witness. Hidden Colors is available on DVD and can be found among Liberty Hall's extensive film collection.