Monday, 21 July 2014

SCENE & HEARD: On the town with Kevin Downswell + I-Octane + Quilt + NoMaddz + PM Portia Simpson-Miller

THE GANG'S ALL HERE: July 11, United Kingdom. Last week's Contacting the World Festival in the UK drew participants from across the planet, including Jamaica's very own Quilt Performing Arts Company, who we hear put in a fantastic showing as the festival culminated with an explosion of youthful exuberance. A bi-annual theatrical exchange that Contact International has run for over 10 years, the fest brings together young performing arts talents from around the world in celebration of bold new works. (Photo: Contacting the World)

UP, UP, UP: July 12, St. Catherine. Few performances at this year's Fun In The Son fiesta (hosted at the Portmore Mall Park) packed the kind of soul-stirring verve as Kevin Downswell's. The singer's powerful set, full of passion and glorious high notes, drew rave responses. (Photo: Best Dressed Chicken)

THE CONTENDERS: July 15, Kingston. Ahead of the grand coronation show on Saturday, 2014's cohort of parish queens called on PM Portia Simpson-Miller and her team at Jamaica House. The PM, as expected, had a few wise words to share. "As young women you can make an outstanding contributions to the development of this country," the PM told the girls. "So continue to rep your parish with pride and dignity and use this opportunity to become involved in an area of national service." (Photo: OPM)

NATURAL MYSTICS: July 17, Kingston. The newest addition to the Bob Marley Museum's tidy offerings, the One Love Cafe got its debut with a lively launch at the 56 Hope Road premises on Thursday night. NoMaddz were on hand to spice things up musically. (Photo: Stush)

THE CLOSER: July 17, St. James. Confirmed: I-Octane is no one-hit wonder. We hear the prolific hitmaker gave the performance of a lifetime as he brought the curtains down on Dancehall Night at Catherine Hall on Thursday for the second straight year. He understands: Consistency is key. (Photo:

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