Friday, 26 June 2015

SEEN ON THE SCENE: David Boxer + Ayanna Dixon + Gary Ferguson + Chloe Walters-Wallace + the Shepherd Brothers

WE ARE FAMILY: June 11, Kingston. A close-knit quartet that’s been harmonizing and thrilling crowds in their native Frankfield, Clarendon – and elsewhere – for the last eight years and counting, the Shepherd Brothers (Kevon McLean, Marc Foster, Edward Foster and Stephen Richards), pictured here at the Jamaica Pegasus, have landed a coveted spot among the 10 finalists vying for top honours in this year’s JCDC National Gospel Song Competition with “Jesus Remember Me.” Looking ahead, the bandmates (who live by the creed “bringing light to music”) have set their sights on impacting lives through their growing ministry. “We want to mentor young people,” shares McLean, “and being one of the finalists this year is a platform we are making us of.” (Photo: TALLAWAH)

FRONT AND CENTRE: June 21, Kingston. Members of the local yoga community were out in their numbers at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Sunday evening, as Art of Living Jamaica and the Jamaica Yoga Association teamed up to host a mini retreat in honour of International Yoga Day. Here, a team of instructors gather onstage following a round of deep breathing techniques and meditation exercises. (Photo: TALLAWAH)

IN THE FRAME: June 22, St. Andrew. The Devonshire at Devon House recently played host to the premiere of Tsunami Scarecrow, a short documentary charting the artistic life and legacy of reclusive Jamaican painter David Marchand. Art-world icon David Boxer, who gives testimony in the documentary, shared lens time with friend Sonia Mills and the project’s director Chloe Walters-Wallace, a Jamaican-born filmmaker currently based in New Orleans. (Photo: TALLAWAH)

HAPPY PEOPLE: June 23, St. Andrew. All roads lead to the Folly Ruins on Sunday July 5 for the 15th anniversary staging of the Portland Jerk Festival, which got a lively and fair-sized launch at Barbican Beach on Tuesday night. Jerk king Gary Ferguson, who’s bringing his skills to the festival this year, was only too happy to present giveaway winner Tara Wilson with a pair of complimentary tickets. (Photo: TALLAWAH)

FLY GIRLS: June 25, Kingston. Busier than a bee these days and rocking an edgy new look, designer and fashionista Ayanna Dixon (left) was among the artists showing their latest work (Dixon displayed a series of her couture sketches) at a Kingston on the Edge group exhibition at the Spanish Court Hotel Wednesday night. Fellow Mission Catwalk alum and Belizean it girl Rebecca Stirm, currently on vacay in Jamaica, also put in an appearance. (Photo: TALLAWAH)

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